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WWF-IKEA partnership on forests

Region: Russia 

Objectives of the partnership in Russia: Supporting responsible forest management, biodiversity protection, FSC certification, responsible consumption and increased transparency in cooperation with multiple actors from business, academia, and civil society. 

Project implementation deadlines: 

Phase VI: 1 September 2017— 31 August 2020 

General information: Russia’s forests are some of the most beautiful in the world and constitute approximately 25% of the entire planet’s forested area and 25% of boreal and temperate forests. The Russian Federation is the important trading partner for quite a number of countries, so forest sustainability is a key factor for mitigating risks; for improving productivity of harvesting operations; for maintaining biodiversity and for providing human and environmental safety. 

Fourteen years of consistent work have brought tangible results. We managed to achieve them in the conditions of forest reforms, economic instability, and imperfect legal framework, while retaining qualified employees and maintaining professional relationships that ensure further development. The strength of the project lies in the fact that it has been consistently putting into practice a set of actions in such a scope and scale, which cannot be conducted by any other organizations. 

The greatest success of the project is associated with the adoption of the national forest policy, with the introduction of a new term "national forest heritage". The project actively supports the conduct of responsible forestry based on the sustainable development principles; ensures the development of certification according to the FSC system in Russia (from 296 000 ha in 2002 to 41.9 million ha in 2016) and contributes to the improvement of forestry education. The project initiated the introduction of a new discipline "Sustainable forest management" (along with the textbook "Basics of sustainable forest management" and the workbooks developed and recommended by the Educational and Methodical Association of Educational Institutions) in the educational program of higher professional schools.

Objective of Phase VI: The project will contribute to the sustaining of the biological capacity in Russia through the promotion of sustainable forest management (SFM) in the priority ecoregions. By 2020 we plan to encourage effective and sustainable forest management in secondary forests; to reduce the risk of HCVF loss; to strengthen forest biodiversity protection; to enhance capacity of experts working in the field of sustainable forest management to provide stewardship of the responsible forest management. We will also be enhancing quality of FSC certification and play our role in expanding of certification in Russia. 

Objective of Phase V (Implementation deadlines: 1 September 2014 — 31 August 2017): is further qualitative and quantitative development of the FSC certification with a significant increase in the number of FSC FM certificates (FM enterprises), FSC CoC (processing) and companies that receive controlled wood (CW) certificates in the Russian Federation, including those in the key WWF ecoregions. The project also aims to ensure compliance with the FSC requirements in Russia, increase confidence in the system of voluntary forest certification and develop such major and the most important areas as the management of high conservation value forests (HCVF), sustainable forest management and establishing a network of FSC consultants in Russia. 

Project location: The project includes a number of priority WWF ecoregions: the Barents region (Arkhangelsk and the neighboring area); Altai-Sayan mountain forests; the Amur-Heilongjiang; the Black sea basin (Caucasus), Siberia and part of European Russia.

For additional information:
Elena Kopylova, project coordinator:
E-mail: ekopylova@wwf.ru
www.panda.org/ikea