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Commercial Forestry in the Russian Far East: Opportunities for Sustainable Trade, Conservation and Community Development

Event Overview

Commercial Forestry in the Russian Far East: Opportunities for Sustainable Trade, Conservation and Community Development

September 18, 2001 - September 20, 2001

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia

The purpose of the conference is to discuss market-based strategies to promote sustainable forest management and a sustainable forest industry in the Russian Far East and to catalyze connections between potential partners in sustainable commercial forestry. The conference will address critical issues facing the forestry sector in the Russian Far East, including: the status of timber trade between the Russian Far East, Japan and China; growing market opportunities offered by the international movement for independent, third-party certification; the risks to industry and communities from unsustainable practices and illegal logging; and approaches to enhance the contribution of forestry to the economic development of local communities. The conference will be hosted by international and Russian Far East business leaders, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and regional forest government agencies. The meeting will also build on develop the themes advanced at the conference in held Khabarovsk in September 2000 on sustainable forestry and the joint Russian – Chinese – North American conference in Chita, also September 2000 on combating illegal logging.


Sponsored by: Forest Trends, The Trust for Mutual Understanding and The World Bank/World Wildlife Fund Alliance and co-hosted by the Bureau for Regional Outreach Campaigns, Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Forestry Research Center, Forest Trends, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Pacific Environment, Sakhalin Environment Watch, Terneiles and the World Wildlife Fund


For documents and resources related to this event, please contact Jordan Sauer at jsauer@forest-trends.org


    Background and Agenda



    Proceedings (English) | Russian



    Resources


    Overview of Trends and Forest Issues
    by Alexander Sheingauz, Economic Research Institute and Jim Ford, Forest Trends



    Panel:


    The Future of Japanese Markets For Russian Sustainable Forest Products
    Hiroaki Kakizawa, IGES



    A Brief Account of the Progress on Independent Forest Certification in China (Chinese Markets)
    Changjin Sun, Chinese Academy of Sciences



    Why the Interest In Forest Certification? (North American Markets)
    Paul Fuge, Plaza Hardwoods, CFPC



    Panel:

    Policy Innovations for Sustainable Forestry Globally and in Russia
    Tamara Rusina, WWF

    Alexander Sheingauz, Economic Research Institute


    Efficiency Investment Opportunities that Promote Sustainable Forestry: Public Lands and Private Enterprises
    Catherine Mater, Mater Engineering



    Supply Forecasts for Timber from the Russian Far East
    Sten Nilsson, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis



    Panel:

    Certification in the Russian Federation: How It Works Zakharenkov, Forest Certification Center, Khabarovsk Alexander Yakovlev, SGS Russia
    Zakharenkov, Forest Certification Center, Khabarovsk
    Alexander Yakovlev, SGS Russia
    Vyacheslav Tolmachev, Price Birch Ltd.

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