Environmental certification saved up to 1 million hectares of valuable forests in Russia

Environmental certification of forests, which is conducted in Russia since 2004, saved from being cut down about one million hectares of valuable forest ecosystems, said Friday the head office of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Russia and the CIS Andrei house.

"With the certification of each company is required to make an inventory of high conservation value, separate them, and partly to keep. We estimate that somewhere in Russia, about one million hectares of forests are maintained so the company voluntarily. Companies abandoned logging, as it was determined that in forests remained high biodiversity or rare species, "- said Ptichnikov RIA Novosti.

Such an approach, he said, is radically different from the earlier practiced in forestry related to the forest as a "standing upright logs."

"The process of saving comes from the very beginning the mass of forest certification in Russia since 2004. And today, we have 30 million hectares of certified and a million acres of preserved, perhaps even more than the state maintained in the form of national parks, and new protected areas . This plan certification better than many government programs, "- said the house.

According to the expert, managed to save in the first place, the largest tracts of primary, old-growth forests in Karelia, Komi, Arkhangelsk region, as well as in Krasnoyarsk, Primorsky and Khabarovsk regions.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council, FSC) — an international non-profit organization in the field of standardization and certification of forest management and operations in more than hundred countries. FSC logo on wood or a product made from it — an indication that the product is made of wood, which is environmentally and socially responsible forestry. At present, Russia FSC certified over 30 million hectares of forest, which is the fifth part of the Russian forest areas that are in the lease.

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