National park Koigorodski established in the Republic of Komi

A new national park, ‘Koigorodski’, has been established in the Republic of Komi with an area of 56,700 hectares. The national park is the largest protected intact forest landscape in the southern taiga zone of Russia. Forests are mostly old spruce stands that have been completely out of use. There are almost one hundred rare or endangered plant species and more than 20 protected animal species. The connection with the …

Far Eastern industry requests reduction of wood export duties

The forest industry in the Far East is in deep crisis and major companies are going bankrupt or close to it, says regional forest industry association Dalexportles in a petition to the president’s administration. The association’s members cover half of the wood harvesting in the Far Eastern Federal District and 80 percent of the wood processing. According to Dalexportles, the industry will retain a quarter of its current capacity, personnel …

Biokarelia project contributes to the protection of biodiversity in the Finnish-Russian border region

Coordinated by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), the Biokarelia project is developing tools to promote biodiversity conservation. The implementation is based on the mapping of biodiversity hotspots, the observation and forecasting of forest fires and fellings in the Finnish-Russian border area. Biodiversity ”hotspots” along the Finnish-Russian border are under risk of biodiversity loss due to wood harvesting, forest fires and destruction of connectivity between the high conservation forests. “The …

Assessment of forest industries compliance to forest certification standards in northwestern Russia

Trishkin M. (2019). Assessment of forest industries compliance to forest certification standards in northwestern Russia. https://doi.org/10.14214/df.285 Russia has approximately 43 million hectares of forests under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification scheme. This thesis investigated the perceptions of certified and non-certified companies towards forest certification (FC), and to what degree the representatives of these companies agree with the benefits and barriers of the FC process. The Due Diligence System (DDS) employed by …

Role of forests was discussed in the Sustainable Development Forum in Moscow

The first Sustainable Development Forum “Common Future” was held in Moscow on 25 November. The main themes of the forum were the implementation and follow-up of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda2030) in Russia and the compatibility of national development plans with the Agenda2030. Russia is currently preparing a voluntary national review to be presented in 2020. Environmental awareness in Russia is growing rapidly and hundreds …

METAFor project develops education and training program on sustainable forestry in Finland and Russia

The METAFor project, coordinated by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), is developing a multi-level education and training program to maintain sustainable use of forests in Finland and Russia. In addition to teaching, the three-year Multi-level Education Towards Advanced Forestry (METAFor) project relies on the power of training events and seminars. During the project, about twenty educational and teaching events will be organized in Finland and Russia for university students, …

Vologda region strives to process 100% of harvested wood

Vologda region is expected to process 100 percent of the harvested wood by 2024, says governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov. Only processed and high-quality products will be placed on the market in the future. The forest industry in the Vologda region is developing and new wood processing plants are being opened every year. 2018 was a record year, with 17.7 million cubic meters of wood harvested, of which 75 percent was processed. …

Discussion on sawn wood export duty and legality of forest lease contracts

The working group against illegal timber trade under Russian Government discussed the export of roundwood and sawn wood, the monitoring of timber transportation and the legality of forest lease contracts. The problem related to sawn wood exports was raised. In order to avoid export duties, some companies have started to export roughly sawn wood (export code 4407) instead of roundwood, and now the aim is to eliminate the phenomenon. Customs …

Reform of forest use payments in Russia

Russian logging companies pay the state a fee for forest use, which is currently about one euro per cubic metre of wood. The forest use payment is one tenth of the production costs of wood. In order to increase the state’s forestry income and to intensify forestry, the minimum rate of forest use payment is being converted to market-based. According to the plan, the forest use payment would be based, …

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