Indufor Will Participate in Planning and Implementing a Large Scale Joint SFM Experiment in the Republic of Karelia

October 16, 2010

Indufor participates in a project that aims at implementing a scientific selective cutting experiment in Karelian Republic of Russia in 2011-2012. The project will be implemented in middle-aged forests according to Finnish selective cutting recommendations. This joint project is a part of the Finnish-Russian Program on the intensification of forest management and improved utilization of forests on sustainable basis in the North-West Russian Federation (NWRDP IV). Small-scale demonstration plots have already been established in Russian Karelia.

Upon receiving the permission from Rosleshoz, the testing of Finnish selective cutting recommendations will be started at an industrial scale (50 000 m3 per year on 1000 1500 hectares). This will give important information to Russian officials in forestry concerning different ways of intensification of the Russian forestry. The implementation of large scale experiment in Russian conditions requires modern harvesting equipment as well as trained management, staff and cutting equipment operators. Resources will be provided by ZAO Investlesprom. The consortium lead by Indufor, together with METLA, Tapio, and Metsähallitus, will be responsible for research planning and scientific practical work jointly with the Karelian Science Academy researchers.

The representatives of Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Indufor, Metla and Metsähallitus participated in a seminar together with Russian Forest Agency officials, Karelian Ministry of Forestry and Ecology, producers of harvesting equipment, researchers and other stakeholders and visited the leased areas and demonstration plots of Investlesprom in Segezha region in October 2010.

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