UNE PREMIERE VICTOIRE
Après des années de gabegie destructrice et un été 2010 désastreux et traumatique, la Russie semble être à un tournant dans le regard qu'elle porte sur sa forêt, maison commune des hommes et des animaux et seule véritable protectrice du pays. Le Code Forestier, toujours calamiteux en l'état, va être amendé. Et pour la première fois, la Russie se réfère aux normes américaines, ce sur quoi insistait depuis des années Yuri Bersenev, le Directeur du Parc Zov Tigra (voir les détails sur le diaporama programmatique du Parc, accessible sur la page d'accueil de mon site "4 continents pour les tigres").
Nous rappelons simplement ici que la forêt sub - arctique de la Russie occidentale et centrale est le plus vaste complexe forestier au
monde. Il reste, à ce jour, quasiment intact.
February 10 in Moscow with the participation of WWF held a meeting to discuss the intermediate results of implementation of the program in Russia to improve law enforcement and governance in the forestry sector in the FLEG process.
ENP program FLEG "" Improving law enforcement and governance in the forestry sector in the eastern direction of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and Russia " is implemented by the World Wildlife Fund, World Bank and World Conservation Union, with support from the European Union and is aimed at combating illegal logging, trade in illegal timber and corruption in the forestry sector.
In a short period of time since the beginning of the program achieved significant results, which coordinators ENP FLEG of the implementing organizations presented at the meeting of the National Advisory Committee for the program, held under the chairmanship of Deputy Head of Federal Forestry Agency Alexander Panfilov. WWF acted as head of Forest Programme Elena Kulikova.
WWF in the framework of the program conducted a number of activities in which participants learned about the relationship of forest changes in European forest legislation aimed at preventing the export of illegal timber and timber products from it.
Under the new law, EU companies supplying wood to the European market must prove its legality, including through the use of systems for tracking the origin of wood. In this regard, WWF carried out a comparative analysis of such systems used by forestry companies in Russia, as well as government accounting methods and control of wood, began work on the harmonization of practices of forest companies and government approaches .
Another important result of the implementation of the ENP program FLEG in Russia associated with the improvement of Russian forest legislation. Coordinated by the WWF-Russia program experts in collaboration with Russian NGOs participated in the preparation of amendments to the Forestry Code . Some of them are addressed in the revised Code, effective January 1, 2011
Among the significant results of the holding of the first independent ranking of quality of forest management in regions of Russia . Started as a pioneer initiative of WWF in the framework of the WWF and IKEA partnership for sustainable forest management, he continued the program of the ENP FLEG by holding a big communications work. Rating forest management became a matter of forest policy at the state level, since in October 2010, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the need to evaluate the effectiveness of the functions of forest regions of Russia.
"After years of reluctance of the authorities to hear the voice of the public regarding forest management, finally starting to change, - says Elena Kulikova, Head of Forest Program of WWF Russia. - For the first time since the adoption of the Forest Code in 2006, a number of amendments proposed by community environmental non-governmental organizations (though not all!) Are taken into account methods of work that evaluates the results of the forestry decentralization (rating of forest management in the region) growing interest in distributed information we have about the changes in EU legislation and the U.S. to prevent illegal trade of wood products".