Deforestation in the republic is executed due to concluded contracts
The Ministry of Ecology of the region has denied data on illegal deforestation in several regions of the republic, distributed on WhatsApp messenger, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports with the reference to the department.
These days, the appeals of several regions of the republic against deforestation in these territories began to spread.
The ministry says, there is a certain allowed amount of timber calculated for each region. According to the ministry, for each district of the republic, the annual allowable amount of timber is calculated. The number of allowed harvested timber without the harm to the nature varies from 202 to 3349 thousand cubic meters in different regions. In the republic, this number is 36 million cubic meters. 3% of wood permissible volume is cut annually.
“All logging is carried out on the basis of permits – today it is a forest plot lease agreement and a purchase and sale agreement. There are no “black loggers” in our region. All illegal logging is controlled and suppressed by forest inspectors and law enforcement agencies,” the report said.
The ministry says that they conclude more than 30 thousand contracts annually for the purchase and sale of forest stands for citizens’ own needs, more than 400 thousand cubic meters are cut down.
Heating mainly gets dry wood, wind and windbreak forest, while a ripe and overmature forest goes for felling.
Talking about the deforestation by Chinese enterprises, the agency explains: “To date, we’ve no lease agreements with the Chinese organizations for the lease of forest plots for further timber harvesting. No contracts for the sale of forest stands, no applications received. According to the Ministry of Industry, lumber is not exported to China now.”