WWF Russia and UPM release guidelines on sustainable forest management for wood suppliers

Press Release 8.10.2020 15:30 EEST

WWF Russia and UPM have today released The Guidelines on Sustainable Forest Management for Wood Suppliers in Russia. This cooperation aims to help wood suppliers in adopting ecologically, socially and economically sustainable practices in wood supply and forestry.

The guidelines bring together the requirements set out in both Russian legislation and international voluntary forest certification schemes. They offer practical instructions and provide examples of best practices in safeguarding biodiversity, mitigating environmental impact and encouraging work safety and interaction with local communities and other stakeholders.

“We were pleased to cooperate with UPM on this project, as both UPM’s and WWF’s goals to promote responsible and sustainable forest management among wood suppliers coincide. With these guidelines, we want to encourage wood suppliers to adopt best practices for responsible forest management”, said Alexander Voropaev, Forest and Trade Projects Manager of the WWF Russia.

“In partnership with WWF, we were able to combine UPM’s practical international experience and WWF’s nature conservation practices in forest management to establish new guidelines. We hope that the guidelines will be widely used by wood suppliers throughout Russia, as sustainable forest management is only possible through the combined efforts of all related parties”, said Irina Shamanova, Environmental Manager for UPM Forest.

The new guidelines support UPM’s goals to promote and develop sustainable forest management in close collaboration with its stakeholders.

Link to guidelines in Russian 

English version to be published soon.

For further information please contact:
Markus Rantavaara, Director, UPM, Wood Sourcing Russia and Baltics, tel. +7 921 973 2328

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the largest independent international environmental organizations with about 5 million permanent supporters and working in over 100 countries.
WWF’s mission is to prevent the increasing degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to achieve harmony between humankind and nature. The main goal is to conserve the Earth’s biodiversity. More details: https://wwf.ru/about/