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Forest conservation of the Amur-Heilong Ecoregion

Forests of Primorye

The mixed coniferous forest of the Amur-Heilong ecoregion are considered one of the most productive forests in the temperate zone of Asia. A unique ecosystem has formed here, there species of temperate and subtropical zones get along, many of which are on the verge of extinction.

The special value of these territories lies in the fact that intact forests have been preserved here — standards of natural diversity. It is a habitat for rare animals, including the Amur tiger and the Far Eastern leopard.

The main efforts of WWF Russia's forest program in the Amur-Heilong Ecoregion are aimed at preserving the high conservation valued forests. They play a huge role in maintaining biological diversity, regulate the climate, purify the air and reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, protect us from floods and soil destruction, protect the sources of rivers and lakes.

Intact forests - the national heritage of Russia

WWF Russia has been guarding intact forests for 25 years. These forests are the last corners of wild nature, the home of rare species of plants and animals. Every year Russia loses 1.5 million hectares of pristine forests. By the beginning of the XXII century, we may lose them all. Find out why it's important to keep what we have left, and how you can help! (you can turn on english subtitles in the video, under the options menu)

  • every year up to 500 thousand cedars are saved by the ban on all types of Korean pines felling, introduced by the Russian government in 2010.

  • In two years,73 illegal logging operations were detected in four forestry of the Primorsky province using the KEDR space monitoring system. The damage amounted to 733.98 million rubles.

  • 3 million hectares of forest in the Amur-Heilong ecoregion certified according to FSC standards

  • emission into the atmosphere of more than 3.2 million tons of CО2-eq. was prevented thanks to WWF climate projects in Primorsky province

  • about 1 million hectares of the high valued cedar forests have taken an environmental lease by WWF partners. Instead of felling, Non-timber forest products (NTFP) are harvested here

  • the share of illegally harvested oak and ash wood in the total export volume decreased from 200% to 25% of the permitted forest use

KEDR System

The KEDR System is a digital platform created to facilitate forest monitoring. The system is based on an interactive map that visualizes all kinds of data needed to protect forests from illegal logging.
A forest inspector who plans to patrol a certain area, can get all the available and necessary information right inside the system.

More information about KEDR

Publications about forest conservation

WWF conserving forests

The Amur-Heilong Ecoregion forests are considered to be the most productive in the temperate zone of Asia. Since 1998, the Forest Program run by WWF in the Russian Far East is focused on saving the most valuable forests of the Amur Ecoregion. The forests play a significant role in preserving biological diversity, they mitigate climate change, clean air, reduce geenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere, protect against floods and soil erosion, safeguard rivers' sources and lakes.

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Bikin project and Korean pine carbon storage project

The Korean pine-broadleaved forests of the Russian Far East form a remarkable natural forest complex unique not only for Russia but for the entire Globe. They are home for the Udege and Nanai indigenous people and the prime habitat of the Amur tiger. Apart from their social and ecosystem functions the old growth forests retain a large amount of carbon thus stabilizing the global warming of the Earth.
As part of the International Climate Initiative, the projects were implemented by WWF Germany and WWF Russia under supervision of the German KfW Development Bank.

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High Conservation Value Forests: The concept in theory and practice

This brochure will interest anyone seeking solutions for forest use that look at not only the economic value of forests but also the critical social and ecosystem values and services which forests provide to people and nature. Readers will be able to learn about the concept of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) and how it has been applied throughout the world. They will also be able to see how the concept has been used in many different settings and by a wide range of stakeholder groups.

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Forest tending and salvage logging practices in the Russian Far East: Legal cover for illegal logging

This report is intended to draw attention to problem of illegal logging under the cover of forest tending and salvage logging in the Far East of Russia. The abuse of these silvicultural practices threatens Amur tiger habitat. It describes practices used in region to undermine forest legislation and conduct industrial logging under cover of useful silvicultural practices, which threatens Amur tiger habitat. This report will be helpful to regional and federal forestry authorities, law enforcement agencies, timber exporters, NGOs, students of universities and colleges, as well as all those who care about Russian forests.

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Development of market links for non-timber forest products harvested in Russian Far East

This summary condenses the report that investigated the development of market links for non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in the Russian Far East (RFE). Based on resource inventories and management plans completed in the RFE territories, there are indeed marketable materials available for sustainable harvest that can produce benefits for biodiversity conservation as well as the sustainable economic development of the local people including the indigenous Udege and Nanai communities.

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Illegal logging in the Russian Far East: global demand and taiga destruction

Illegal logging of valuable temperate hardwoods has reached crisis proportions in the Russian Far East. Comparative analysis conducted by WWF Russia shows that from the period 2004-2011 the volume of Mongolian oak (the most valuable hardwood species) logged for export to China exceeded authorized logging volumes by 2-4 times. Much of this illegal logging takes place in the habitats of the Amur tiger and leads to their degradation. The materials included in this report are pertinent in the context of new legislation in the European Union, United States and other countries aimed at the exclusion of illegally sourced wood products, given that a significant proportion of the illegal timber logged in the Russian Far East enters such markets in the form of Chinese-manufactured furniture and flooring.

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Дата создания: 01.01.1970
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