Climate Change and Sustainable Forest Management in Komi
Climate Change and Sustainable Forest Management in Komi Republic Serves as for Turkey a delegation under the leadership of Mr. Mahir Küçük, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Works visited Komi Republic in Russian Federation in order to study an exemplary climate change and sustainable forest management model.
New Horizons - 76 percent of the Komi Republic, located in the Russian Federation consists of forest areas.
35 percent of all virgin forests in European Russia are also located in Komi Republic.
Increasing population and the industry sector supply in particular are threatening the forests in the region and therefore the ecosystems affected by these forests.
In this respect the Komi Republic is carrying out an exemplary project with the support of UNDP Russia country office in order to protect the forests in the region, reduce their damages and ensure their sustainability.
In the context of the “Strengthening Protected Area System of the Komi Republic to Conserve Virgin Forest Biodiversity in the Pechora River Headwaters Regions” Project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the region’s plant and climate maps are being prepared, the effects of forest areas and peatlands in the region to the global climate is being researched, carbon measurements in 15 different spots are being taken and training and awareness raising activities are being realized.
In this context a technical study visit to Komi Republic was realized on 20-24 November 2011 in the context of the “Integrated Approach to Management of Forests in Turkey with Demonstration in High Conservation Value Forests in the Mediterranean Region” Project that is currently under preparation by UNDP Turkey under the coordination of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Works and with the support of GEF in order to benefit from the knowledge and experiences gained through the project implemented in the Komi Republic.
Following initial meetings with UNDP Russia country office the Turkish delegation made up of officials from the Ministry of Forestry and Water Works, the General Directorate of Forestry, the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks and UNDP Turkey country office representatives went to Syktyvkar, the capital city of Komi Republic where they met with the local project team, project partners and relevant experts, studied the works conducted in the field and received information on the carbon calculations and other scientific calculations carried out in peatlands and forest areas.
Apart from meetings held with the project team, discussions were also held with Sergey Geraimovich, Deputy Minister of the Komi Republic in which both parties relayed their goodwills and discussed future cooperation and partnership between two Republics.
The climate change and sustainable forest management models implemented in the Komi republic will set an example for Turkish forestry and will accelerate and effectuate the preparation process of the new GEF project.For more information on the “Strengthening Protected Area System of the Komi Republic to Conserve Virgin Forest Biodiversity in the Pechora River Headwaters Regions” Project please visit http://www.undp-komi.org/en/