Russian roundwood exports at record low levels in 2019

16 million cubic meters of industrial roundwood was exported from Russia in 2019. Export volumes decreased 16 per cent from the previous year and were at their lowest in the last 20 years. In 2019, 15.86 million cubic meters of industrial roundwood was exported from Russia, which is 16 per cent less than in the previous year. Exports were at a record low, the last time they were at the …

Russian forest industry in 2019

Russian industrial output grew by two per cent in 2019 compared with the previous year. The production index of the wood products industry grew by five per cent and the chemical forest industry by three per cent. Export volumes were on the rise in the wood products industry in particular. According to the national statistics, Russia produced 30 million cubic meters of sawnwood in 2019, of which coniferous sawnwood accounted …

Updated map of FSC-certified forests in Russia

The map of FSC-certified forests in Russia has been updated (as of 12.2019). The map service also includes official protected areas and the Intact Forest Landscapes mapped by the environmental organizations. Map service: fscrus.nextgis.com In the information of selected object there is a direct link to a more detailed description of the certified area in the FSC International Database.

Segezha Group acquired Finnish sawmill in Kostamuksha

The Segezha Group has acquired Karelian Wood Company, a sawmill owned by Pin Arctic Oy in Kostomuksha in the Republic of Karelia. The annual production capacity of the sawmill is 250,000 cubic meters of sawnwood. Annual allowable cut in the leased forests is 200,000 cubic meters. The acquisition will increase the efficiency of wood procurement at the Karelian plants of Segezha Group. It will also improve the availability of raw …

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, …

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