A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Policy forum: Challenges of forest governance: Biomass export from Leningrad oblast, North-West of Russia

Publication Details
Authors: Proskurina Svetlana, Heinimö Jussi, Vakkilainen Esa
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Forest Policy and Economics
Volume number: 95
Start page: 13
End page: 17
Number of pages: 5
ISSN: 1389-9341
eISSN: 1872-7050
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Russia accounts for approximately 20% of the world's forest cover.
More than 59% of the total territory of the Russian Federation is
classified as forest land. However, the forest sector contributes only
1.3% to Russian gross domestic product and the Russian forest industry accounts for less than 4% of the world's forest products
trade. This paper analyzes the most significant challenges facing
Russian forest management including example of wood chips export to the
EU and will suggest specific policy proposals that could be made in
order to improve the forest management and forest transportation in
Russia. Russian forestry has a lot of challenges such as lack of proper
forest infrastructure, inadequate forest fire
protection, unqualified personnel and unclear legislation. Most of
these challenges are linked to one another and solving one problem can
lead to the solution of others. The improvement of Russian forest
governance is difficult and hard for policy, but without significant
changes in current Russian forest management practices, forest
degradation in Russia will continue to increase. The degradation of
Russian forests could lead to a loss of global resources in general.

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