Threat against 1,3 million hectares

in Russian Karelia

Old-growth forest in Russian Karelia. September 2011. Photo: Robert Svensson

 

The government of the Russian republic of Karelia has recently proposed to cancel the previous agreement for protection of high conservation value forests. The proposed changes in the land use plan would threaten more than 1.3 million hectares of old-growth forests and other ecosystems of high value in Karelia.

In all, the government’s new proposal would cancel 2/3 of all planned protected areas in Karelia. If these changes are carried out, some of Europe’s most valuable expanses of old-growth forests will be under threat of destruction. 

Scientists and NGOs have condemned these plans, and appeal for international support to urge the Karelian government to reject the proposal.  
The petition is an initiative of the Taiga Rescue Network, a global network of more than 100 organizations working with forest conservation issues and indigenous rights in the northern boreal forests.

Read the letter to the government of Karelia here

Press release 2011-11-08