Greenpeace published report “Eye on the Taiga: How industry’s claimed ‘sustainable forestry’ in Russia is destroying the Great Northern Forest”. The organization highlighted in the report that companies like Arctic Paper, SCA, Stora Enso and Smurfit Kappa have a unique opportunity to help save Dvinsky Forest.
In 2011, regional authorities planned to establish the Dvinsky Forest Reserve. The proposed reserve covers almost two-thirds of one of the largest remaining Intact Forest Landscapes, covering 835,000 hectares of critical habitat for a number of threatened species in Arkhangelsk region in northwestern Russia. Currently, three-quarters of the proposed Dvinsky Forest Reserve are licensed for logging to Pomor Timber, Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill and Titan Group. The organization believes that wood and products of these companies are later supplied to the mentioned European and the international wood business-related groups.
Anton Beneslavsky, Forest Project Lead for Greenpeace Russia, commented:
“Since 2000, the Dvinsky forest has lost 300,000 hectares – an area larger than Luxembourg – of unique intact forest landscape. This critically important and beautiful forest is ending up as saunas and tissue products and packaging that can be found in stores and homes all over the world.
Russia has declared 2017 as the Year of the Protected Area. It has been already years since the Dvinsky Forest Reserve was first earmarked for protection by the Arkhangelsk authorities.
If the government is serious about establishing new protected areas this year, it should start walking the talk by fully protecting this forest without further delay. Failing to act is not an option.”
Arctic Paper has already reacted on the report refuting allegations.