The Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry selected the consortium led by Indufor to carry out the “Finnish-Russian Development Programme on Sustainable Forest Management and Conservation of Biological Diversity in Northwestern Russia”.
The programme, which is now in its the fourth phase, aims to promote intensive but sustainable forest management, streamline forestry regulations and improve the cooperation between private and public sectors.
The consortium includes also Metsähallitus (the Finnish state forest management organization), the Forestry Development Centre Tapio, the Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla, and the TAMK University of Applied Sciences.
The current programme phase, which lasts until 2011, covers five separate projects:
- Development of administrative procedures of forestry in the Republic of Karelia
- Development of Scandinavian-style forestry in the Vologda region
- Forest sector advisory services in the Komi Republic
- Pilot project “Volga Model Forest” in the Nizhny Novgorod region
- Capacity building of the management and key specialists of the regional forest administrations
The projects will be implemented together with the local forest administrations in the project regions and other Russian partner organizations along with Russian and Finnish private sector operators.