2012 / 11 / 21

NGO SPOK Asks ZAO Investlesprom to Declare Moratorium on Logging in High Conservation Value Forests Leased to Its Karelian Companies

The Karelia Regional Nature Conservancy SPOK has asked Yuri Andreichuk, the executive director for the Republic of Karelia of the timber industry holding company Investlesprom Holding, to declare a moratorium on logging and road construction operations in High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) that are leased to the firm’s Karelian companies. As noted in the request, HCVFs that have been identified as old-growth forests and virgin woodlands are currently being leased to the firm’s companies. These areas are the habitats for rare and endangered species listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the Red Book of the Republic of Karelia. The HCVFs are located within the borders of Specially Protected Natural Areas (SPNAs) that are included in the regional land use plan adopted by the government of Karelia.

As noted by NGO SPOK, OAO Muezersky LPKh and OAO Lendersky LPKh already have declared moratoriums on operations in the HCVFs leased to them, but the moratoriums expired at the end of 2010. As a result of negotiations between NGO SPOK and ZAO Investlesprom’s executives in 2010–2011, verbal agreements to establish moratoriums on operations in all planned SPNAs leased to the firm’s companies were reached, but these agreements were signed only by OAO Segezhsky TsBK and OOO Medvezhegorsky LPKh.

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