Russian timber company to introduce new system to control timber origin
Measuring standing volume of trees.
Plastun village, Russian Far East - A system of supply and control of timber origin is being introduced in Russia's Primorsky Region, which suffers from a high level of illegal logging. From 18–25 November, WWF conducted a series of meetings with specialists from the largest regional timber enterprise, Terneiles, on improving its system of supply and control of timber origin (Chain-of-Custody) to comply with international standards.
The meetings were attended by specialists from the Primorsky Forest Inventory Department, the Independent Expert Company (NEC), Swedish company HAGLOF, and Finnish company SAVCOR, which are engaged in timber harvest, storage, and transportation in the region.
The overall conclusion was that Terneiles is generally prepared for their system of timber control to be transparent for all interested parties, such as forest management bodies, environmental organizations, and timber consumers. In order to bring the company’s existing system of timber control to comply with international requirements for the Chain of Custody (CoC), the existing system of documentation control at separate stages needs modernizing and requirements for documentation, markup, and separation of production lines need to be applied to the whole chain of timber movement.
Use of modern equipment makes the process of data collection and processing automatic, which facilities improved timber counting and control over timber movements. The possibilities of modern measuring tools were demonstrated to Terneiles specialists. These tools allow accurate automatic measuring of forest stands, as well as their correlation with timber volumes delivered to storage sites. This aids in identification of timber origin.
At the meeting NEC, HAGLOF, and SAVCOR representatives presented their experience, available methods, and technical solutions for counting and marking timber to provide better control and clarity of the chain of custody. Participants also discussed possibilities for using measuring equipment for identification of timber origin and following the whole chain of custody.
Concrete steps were outlined to introduce a timber counting system according to international standards in the model territory of JSC “Terneiles”. WWF specialists worked out a series of proposals for company management, which includes training company specialists in the use of modern measuring equipment and improving the system of timber counting.
In turn, Terneiles confirmed its interest in collaboration with WWF and the need to improve their counting system for stored timber. The company is concerned about the possible expenses that WWF’s proposals wil incur, but WWF believes these will be offset by increases to the already high eco-rating awarded to the company (B++, according to an evaluation by the Expert RA rating agency).
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Press officer, WWF Russia Far Eastern Branch Forest Programme
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