2012 / 09 / 07

NGO SPOK: OAO Kondopoga At Risk of Acquiring Timber Harvested in Valuable Forests.

OAO Kondopoga must not accept delivery of timber harvested in High Conservation Value Forests that are threatened by timber production. This statement was made by the Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK to clarify their request that the company sever their relationship with several of the republic’s timber companies that supply spruce pulpwood to the Kondopoga Pulp and Paper Plant. It was prompted by the required review of OAO Kondopoga’s timber chain of custody to ensure the company’s compliance with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for voluntary forest certification.

As the nature conservancy noted, the Kondopoga Pulp and Paper Plant must not accept timber harvested in planned Specially Protected Natural Areas (SPNAs) or in High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), including intact forests. The request related to suppliers of the company’s spruce pulpwood: OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh, OAO LKhK Karellesprom, ZAO Komileszagotprom, and OOO Severzagotovka. NGO SPOK explained that “OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh has an FSC Forest Management Certificate, but the company is currently refusing to restrict logging in the area of the planned Zaonezhsky Nature Park. At the same time, Resolution No. 89-P of the Government of the Republic of Karelia, dated March 22, 2012, amended the Land Use Plan of the Republic of Karelia to include the planned creation of the Zaonezhsky Scenic Reserve, part of which is leased by OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh. The company also leases areas that are part of the planned expansion of the Komarnitsky Natural Monument and the planned protected zone of the Vodlozero National Park. The company has declared a moratorium on logging in these areas, but the company has not allocated all types of HCVFs in compliance with the FSC requirements. According to the Analysis of the SPNA Network, unprotected valuable natural areas were found on lands leased by OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh. Thus, at this time, it isn’t possible to exclude the possibility that timber supplied by OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh was harvested in HCVFs. Considering the company’s refusal to comply with the moratorium on logging in planned SPNAs and their incomplete allocation of other types of HCVFs, the probability that they are logging in HCVFs is very high, not only at sites leased by OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh, but also at sites leased by other companies that are part of Investelesprom Holding.

“OAO LKhK Karellesprom has leased several planned SPNAs. For some of them (the Pyalma River and Yangozero natural areas and the Vargachny-Korbozersky Natural Monument), the company has signed a moratorium on logging, but the company has not released its policy for the Korbozersky and Zaonezhsky natural areas or for other valuable natural areas identified by the Analysis of the SPNA Network. Thus, at this time, it isn’t possible to exclude the possibility that timber supplied by OAO LKhK Karellesprom was harvested in HCVFs.

“ZAO Komileszagotprom has leased the planned Tuloksky and Kalevala natural areas. Additionally, part of the company’s leased area is in the Ladoga Skerries National Park, which is now being created. The company has not released its policy on either the planned SPNAs or on the valuable natural areas identified in the Analysis of the SPNA Network. Thus, at this time, it isn’t possible to exclude the possibility that timber supplied by ZAO Komileszagotprom was harvested in HCVFs.

“There is no data on the timberland leased by OOO Severzagotovka. In the event that information becomes available on the lands that they lease, we will release the data concerning any possible threat to HCVFs on these tracts.”

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