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22.02.2000 - Press-service of the Head of the Government RK Informs

Press-service of the Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia

Leader of the Federal Service of the Forestry Valery Shubin Visited the Republic of Karelia

V.Shubin, S.Katanandov The leader of the Federal Service of the Forestry Valery Shubin has arrived in the Republic of Karelia today to participate in joint sitting of the collegium of the Federal service of forestry of Russia. In the morning he met with the Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov, then both leaders conducted the pre-scheduled sitting, where the most burning topics of the day were discussed.

Like in the course of his previous visit held in last August, Valery Shubin visited the forest nursery in Novaya Vilga and met with the leadership of the national park "Vodlozersky".

In the course of the visit of Rosleskhoz delegation, the head of the Federal service of the forestry of Russia Valery Shubin and the Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov conducted the joint sitting of Rosleskhoz collegium and the republican government on increasing the efficiency of forest management, protection, utilization and reforestation in the Republic of Karelia. In the course of the sitting the First deputy of the Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia Victor Maslyakov told about the measures taken by Karelian executive power to stabilize the work of the forest complex. The participants also discussed the draft of the joint resolution to be signed in the nearest future between Federal service of forestry of Russia and the Karelian government. According to the project the wide range of measures are planned to undertake: to carry out an approbation of new Russian temporary regulations on obligatory wood certification, selling woodroot and secondary forest resources. The payment for woodroot selling is supposed to be higher. In the nearest future researches will be made on working out the criteria for finding virgin root forests. The project, approved at the sitting, also envisions other steps, directed to organize the stable forest management.

The sitting was followed by the press-conference. The leaders of Rosleskhoz and Karelian government answered the journalists questions. The essential part of the questions concerned the situation in the area of the struggle against economic crimes in the forests of Russia and in the Republic of Karelia, and also the relationships with the "green" movement. Valery Shubin highly estimated the level of the sitting preparation from the party of Karelian government and his own employees. Answering the questions of the journalists, Sergey Katanandov backed the efforts of forest protection organizations to bring to order the distribution of the calculated forest clearcutting and limitation of the boundaries of natureprotected territories. He said: "We are ready to negotiate with the representatives of natureprotected organizations, but it should be real, competent partnership. Without preliminary research and working out of the project we must not create a new preserve zone on the territory of the republic".

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