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Two Far Eastern regions are among the top most wooded areas in Russia

Two Far Eastern regions are among the top most wooded areas in Russia
FSBI "Roslesinforg" published the inventory data. The third and fourth positions in terms of forest reserves are occupied by the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Khabarovsk Territory.

According to the forest accounting organization, the list is headed by the Siberian regions - Krasnoyarsk Territory, standing timber reserves here are estimated at 13,3 billion cubic meters and the Irkutsk region - 12,9 billion cubic meters. This is followed by the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) with a volume of 6,3 billion cubic meters, followed by the Khabarovsk Territory (5,3 billion tons), the Komi Republic closes the top 5 - 4,5 billion cubic meters of timber were counted here.

In general, they say in Roslesinforg, forest reserves in the Russian Federation are underestimated and exceed the data of official statistics. For example, earlier the real stock of wood in Chukotka was significantly underestimated - almost three times.

 However, environmentalists, whose opinion is cited by Kommersant, believe that the current inventory is sinful of inaccuracies. Thus, according to Konstantin Kobyakov from WWF Russia, the calculation method was approved in such a way that it initially could not provide adequate information, because the forest inventory data of the Soviet era, which contain outdated information, were taken as the basis.

One of the goals of forest inventory is to improve control over timber turnover. In some regions of Russia since January has begun experiment on full tracking the turnover of harvested timber through the modernized unified information system (LesEGAIS).

From July 1, the system should work on an ongoing basis throughout the country. Last year, Vladimir Putin introduced a complete ban on the export of untreated timber coniferous and valuable deciduous species. The ban will come into force on January 1, 2022.

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