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Half of illegal logging in Russia falls on the Irkutsk region
In Russia, the problem of illegal logging is still acute. According to the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, 53,2% of the total volume of illegal logging is accounted for in the Irkutsk region. At the same time, 36,1% of the total amount of damage in the country from such activities falls on this region.
Based on the results of inspections of the effectiveness of the use of forest resources, the Accounts Chamber stated that in Russia there is no reliable information on the volumes of harvesting, turnover and export of timber. Information in the regions, Rosleskhoz and Rosstat is different. The lack of up-to-date information ultimately interferes with effective forest management planning.
The agency said that in Russia the problem of arrears of non-tax revenues regarding the use of forests is not being solved. Debt as of July 1, 2019 amounted to 9,1 billion rubles. The Audit Chamber also noted that the country has not developed production for deep wood processing - the timber industry accounts for 0,5% of the gross output. This is slightly more than 3% of the foreign exchange earnings of Russian exports.
The department called the existing problems in the forest complex the result of insufficiently effective forest policy, imperfection of legislation, and also inconsistency of actions of federal and regional authorities.
The Accounts Chamber sent a report on inspections and a list of recommended measures to the regional authorities, the Russian government, the presidential administration, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the State Duma, the Federation Council, the FSB and the Prosecutor General.