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, …

Record forest areas of FSC certification in Russia

FSC certified forests cover 200 million hectares in 82 countries. Nearly one fourth of them, i.e. about 48 million hectares are located in Russia. Russia also has the highest number of forest management certificates, 186. Totally 25 per cent of forests leased for wood harvesting are FSC certified. In addition, there are 629 chain of custody certificates in Russia. The Russian national FSC forest management standard is currently being updated. …

VR Group started wood import traffic from Russia

In the spring, VR Group announced that it seeks new growth by establishing a subsidiary to purchase and operate wagons in Russia. The start-up of the company has progressed rapidly. The first 24 roundwood wagons have been completed and commercial traffic has begun for the first customer. The company operates under the name Finnlog. Source: VR Group

New owners for Karellesprom – the largest logging company in Karelia

Segezha Group and Karelia Pulp have acquired the previously state-owned logging company Karellesprom. Karellesprom has been so far the largest independent harvesting company in Karelia, with annual allowable cut of 1.2 million cubic meters and actual felling of approximately 0.8 million cubic meters. The privatization process began in 2016. Sources: Segezha Group, Karellesprom, BSRforest news 16.11.2016 (in Finnish)  

Old growth forests were protected in Arkhangelsk region

A new nature protection area ‘Dvinsko-Pinezhski’ has been established in the Arkhangelsk region, with 300 000 hectares of primary forests. The Russian WWF and other environmental organizations took the initiative to protect these forests more than 17 years ago. Negotiations during the protection process were the most difficult with the companies leasing forest in the area. Following the negotiations, it was decided to protect 300,000 hectares of the original 500,000 …

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