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Reduction of CO2 emissions through protection and sustainable management of the autochthonous mixed forests in the Russian Far East (RFE)

As of: September 2021

Using a variety of instruments (forest protection, sustainable forest management, reforestation), the purpose of the project was to sustainably protect an entire forest ecosystem in the Russian Far East on a model basis. A further goal was to examine to what extent emission permits can be earned with these measures. The regionally collected findings and approaches were subsequently be integrated into the forestry sector at national level and the generation of emission reduction units was analyzed as a possible model for financing improved forest management.
Predecessor project(s)
Conserving Virgin Forests in the Bikin Region

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • 305,398 hectares of new protected forest areas have been established.
  • A direct contribution has been made to forest conservation and sustainable management over a 1.6 million hectare area
  • The 11 directives issued by President Putin in 2013 pick up most of the WWF recommendations on forest conservation; the changes resulting from these directives will contribute to the conservation of the total autochthonous mixed forest in the Russian Far East across 6.1 million hectares
  • Cooperation work undertaken with WWF experts on a new provincial law for regulating the timber trade by the Primorye provincial government; law passed in December 2013
  • Feasibility study conducted on the development of a financing concept based on revenues from climate protection services, commercialisation of environmental services, and sustainably harvested forest products

Project data

Russian Federation

Implementing organisation:
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Economic Development - Russia
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment - Russia

Implementing partner(s):
  • GFA ENVEST - Competence Center for Climate and Energy
  • Transparent World - Russia
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Russia

BMU grant:
4.000.000,00 €

08/2011  till  06/2016

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