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Illegal logging in the Russian Far East: global demand and taiga destruction.
Smirnov, D.Y. (ed.) Kabanets, A.G., Milakovsky, B.J., Lepeshkin, E.A., Sychikov, D.V. 2013. WWF,
Moscow. 39 p.
Illegal logging of valuable temperate hardwoods has reached crisis proportions in the Russian Far
East. Comparative analysis conducted by WWF Russia shows that from the period 2004-2011 the
volume of Mongolian oak (the most valuable hardwood species) logged for export to China exceeded
authorized logging volumes by 2-4 times. Much of this illegal logging takes place in the habitats of
the Amur tiger and leads to their degradation. The materials included in this report are pertinent in
the context of new legislation in the European Union, United States and other countries aimed at the
exclusion of illegally sourced wood products, given that a signifi cant proportion of the illegal timber
logged in the Russian Far East enters such markets in the form of Chinese-manufactured furniture
and fl ooring. This report is applicable for use by public forest agencies, forest industry, NGOs,
students and academics and all those who are not indifferent to the fate of Russian forests.
Released at April 2013