Joint project of MKB and WWF Russia to conserve nectar-producing forests in the tiger's range
This year, with MKB's support, WWF Russia launched a project to conserve nectar-producing forests in the tiger range in collaboration with the Primorsky Krai Beekeepers' Union and three model hunting ranches.
The project is intended to preserve more than 100,000 hectares of nectar-producing trees from illegal logging in the Amur tiger range. Consistent protection of large natural complexes serving as the habitat of forest pollinators is considered the basis for the sustainability of their natural populations and the conservation of biodiversity in general.
In recent decades, forest ecosystems in the south of the Far East have been strongly affected by unsustainable felling, often taking form of high grading (felling of the most valuable trees). WWF Russia's studies show that, on average, every third oak and ash tree there is logged illegally, and in some years exports exceeded felling quotas by 2-4 times. The same is also true for linden logging. The high demand and market price for linden wood prompt unscrupulous tenants to continue illegal linden logging.
Another task is to identify forest areas valuable from a socio-economic and environmental point of view: apiaries and game protection zones, building a case for special conservation measures, in particular at the forest planning level. Since the Eastern Blue Ridge area is surrounded by many settlements, the project is of great social significance. The "no-take zones" where linden felling is banned are to be expanded to more than 8 thousand hectares.
This year, with MKB's support, WWF Russia launched a project to conserve nectar-producing forests in the tiger range in collaboration with the Primorsky Krai Beekeepers' Union and three model hunting ranches. Anti-poaching patrols formed by the hunting and beekeeping community will help prevent illegal linden logging on more than 100,000 hectares in Anuchinsky and Yakovlevsky districts of Primorye. These categories of forest users are interested in preserving nectar-producing trees and preventing illegal logging of linden and other valuable trees. They meet regularly to discuss how to use carefully and protect melliferous plants.
Beekeepers' associations of the Far East and WWF Russia, working together on the EU-supported "People for Nature" Project in 2019–2020, held an international conference "The Far Eastern taiga is a global reserve of beekeeping", raised awareness of linden logging, and mapped major apiaries for the further conservation of linden. Primorye authorities decided to designate more than 1.7 million hectares as "no-take zones" where linden felling is restricted. The new project will build on this systematic work, enabling the hunting and beekeeping community to monitor forest management in a specific valuable territory of Sikhote-Alin.
“By supporting the project to preserve valuable nectar-producing forests in the tiger range stems, we seek to protect the forests and nature of the southern Far East. We want not only to reduce our own environmental footprint, but also to help minimise the negative environmental impact arising from human activity, products and services. Russia ranks first by forest area in the world, this is our wealth and must be treated with care - especially considering that forests play a key role in solving climate change problems”, comments Elena Finashina, head of MKB's Sustainable Development Division.
 Fauna, Sinegorye and Yakovlevskoe RZOP