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Governmental control over forests


Governmental control over forests
V. Zubkov

Illegal harvesting will encounter “effective counteraction system”

According to the First Vice Prime Minister Victor Zubkov, the annual volume of illegal harvesting makes about one percent of the total harvesting volume in Russia, and this is about 1,3 million cubic meters. More than fifty percent of that amount is exported, and economic losses from those illegal operations are estimated to be 12-14 billion RUR per year.

Victor Zubkov believes the lack of the effective system against illegal logging to be the main reason of the current situation. Therefore, by the order of the Government a draft law has been developed, which will allow creating a totally new system for governmental control over roundwood trade. The system envisages declarations from the logging companies. The declarations will be used for developing an intersectoral database for law enforcement and controlling agencies.

“This measure should counteract domestic and foreign trade of illegally harvested timber. On the whole, the system against illegal harvesting and roundwood trade will allow increasing budget revenues at all levels by 10-12 billion RUR”, said Victor Zubkov.

Besides, the Vice Prime Minister highlighted, the draft law will provide for observing the requirements of the European Union that are going to be introduced in March 2013 in order to limit importing timber without evidence of its legal origin.

One of the priorities for the governmental policy in relation to the development of the forest sector is to encourage the development of deep timber processing and exports of products with high added value. To that end, since 2008, export duties for unprocessed timber have been increased. Together with the mechanism for implementing priority investment projects, they reduced exports from 49 million cubic meters in 2007 to 21 million cubic meters in 2011. As of today, 114 projects are being implemented in Russia with the total investment volume of 420 billion RUR.

By the way, the level of deep timber processing rose from 50 to 54 percent during the recent 4 years.

Darya BORISOVA

Translated by Vladimir Mineev

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From FLEG to FLEG 02 2012, 14:08
From FLEG to FLEG

Brussels. Russia’s input in combating illegal harvesting appreciated


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Matti ANTTONEN: 06 2012, 12:41
Matti ANTTONEN:

"Forests are lifestyle in Finland"


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Alexander Panfilov: 06 2012, 11:39
Alexander Panfilov:

"The year has not been in vain"


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