Russia and Germany: a Shared Path to Low-Carbon Forestry

On 6th of June 2017, in the framework of All-Russian Climate Week prospects of low-carbon forest sector development in Russia were discussed.

During round table supported by WWF-Russia and The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Russia representatives of scientific community, forestry universities, forest sector companies and NGOs and representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and other federal and regional authorities discussed the results of the Russian-German partnership on climate change mitigation projects in forestry and plans for future cooperation.

“Germany and Russia have long partnership history in nature conservation. Despite the recent USA withdrawal from Paris Agreement, Germany plans to continue its membership in international conservation and climate projects, including further dialogue with Russia in this direction. Forestry is the key sector for us as one of the main tasks is to enhance forests’ role as carbon stocks. Forests of Russia play an important role in sustaining climate, that is why it is important to achieve stable conditions for them, including the switch from extensive to intensive forestry model. However, it is important to preserve biodiversity, as it plays a key role for the whole humanity,”said Ellen von Zitzewitz, Counsellor for Energy, Environment, Climate, Economic Department of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Russia.

Base vector of the discussion was set by the latest scientific achievements in the forest ecosystems carbon budget assessment. An essential demand for protection of intact forest landscapes as major carbon storages in Russia was marked, as well as the development of practical measures and legal framework to control greenhouse gas emissions within industrial forests.

The innovative educational approaches in professional forestry education implemented by younger teachers of leading forestry universities of Russia were also discussed, as well as the role of science and education in promoting measures for adaptation of forestry to climate change and key obstacles including “climate skepticism” in Russian society.

“As of today many people acknowledge the existence of climate problems, however it is difficult for them to accept that they are caused by humans. All-Russian Climate Week, initiated by the Administration of the President of Russia hosts over four hundreds of specialized workshops and round tables, many of which are supported by WWF-Russia. Its aim is to encircle a wide range of experts and decision makers, to explain actual climate issues and trends and educate them in the sphere not familiar to them,” said Alexey Kokorin, head of the Climate and Energy Program at WWF-Russia.

Already implemented Russian-German climatic projects and prospects of further funding of joint projects on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in forestry were described by Joachim Schnurr, head of the Competence Centre for Climate and Energy at GFA ENVEST who also noted their great research value: “Its main aim is to provide scientifically based arguments which can be further used in a dialogue with state-level decision makers. Projects on GHG mitigation for sure mean technical solutions development, however basic information which is necessary for its implementation is provided by academic society, which is traditionally strong in Russia.”

During the round table experts also discussed prospects of the implementation of new Russian-German climate mitigation and adaptation projects in Russian forest sector proposed within the International Climate Initiative of the German government. 

For additional information please contact

Alexey Kokorin, Coordinator of Climate Change Programme,
tel: +7 (495) 727-09-39, tel/fax: +7 (495) 727-09-38, e-mail
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