A ban on timber exports to China?
Friday 6 Sep 2019The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology may prohibit timber exports to China in the absence of PRC assistance in solving the problem of illegal logging, said the head of the department, Dmitry Kobylkin, in a recent interview with the Vedomosti newspaper.
“China must clearly understand that if they do not join in solving this problem (illegal logging. - RT), then we will have no other option but to ban the export of forests completely,” Kobylkin said.
Kobylkin previously called for an increase in the number of forest inspectors to strengthen forest control. According to the minister, problems in forests often arise due to neglect of territories.
As Gazeta.Ru reported with reference to the Federal Forestry Agency, in 2018 the damage from the activities of black loggers in Russia grew to 11.6 billion rubles. In 2017, this indicator amounted to 11.5 billion rubles.
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