Forests are the lifeblood of our business and, at the same time, the forest is a natural habitat for animals, plants and micro-organisms. That’s why we care about forests and promote sustainable forest management practices.
Sustainable forest management means managing forests responsibly, improving forest infrastructure, ensuring proper reforestation, certification of origin control for purchased wood raw materials, refusing to supply wood from illegal sources, such as forests where the natural resources are endangered and interests of the local communities and other parties are violated.
Approximately 10 thousand hectares of valuable forests are identified and voluntarily preserved by International Paper in Russia. In 2015, International Paper together with World Wildlife Fund launched a project aimed at biodiversity protection.
Every year we pay great attention to forest recovery. In 2016 in Russia, International Paper planted over 3 million seedlings. We also demonstrate our commitment to sustainable forest management by planting new trees every year on Reforestation Day in a joint effort with the Tikhvin District administration.
Our own initiatives are carried out in collaboration with the agencies from the Tikhvin District local administration responsible for forest management under a framework covering forest procurement and reforestation and also providing support for the school forestry unit.
We contribute to the promotion of intensive forest management in Russia, since it can play a key role in improving the situation in the forest sector and forest management by actively engaging the other interested parties in the sector of ecology, business and society.
International Paper participates in and organizes forums and working groups dedicated to improving forest legislation including issues related to the implementation of sustainable forest management on federal and regional levels. In particular, International Paper is a member of a working group under the lead of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation focused on improving forest legislation. In 2015, the working group under the lead of Timber Industry Union in the Leningrad region was created.
International Paper is a standing participant in forums and working groups to develop forest-related legislation at both federal and regional levels. International Paper is a member of the work group under the lead of the Committee for Natural Resources of the Leningrad Region. In 2016 International Paper Russia and the Saint-Petersburg Forestry Research Institute (SPFRI) have launched a joint project aimed at employing a sustainable forestry model (SFM) in the Leningrad and Vologda regions.
We pay particular attention to the certification of our forest management activity and wood supply under Independent Certification system standards and principles. All forests used by International Paper in Russia for both leasing, managing and the supply chain of raw wood materials are certified to Forest Stewardship Council® standards.
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