25 September 2017
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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies in the Forest Sector of the Russian Regions of the UNESCO World Heritage and Biodiversity Centers


CEI project funded by USAID and  is aimed at strengthening Russia’s climate change adaptation policy in the forest sector via improved knowledge of the future condition of Russian forests, including natural and anthropogenic impacts on forests, carbon sequestration capacity of forests, enhanced and result-oriented policy making on both regional and federal levels, with specific focus on Siberia, Baikal and the Russian Far East.

Russian forests are highly vulnerable to climate change as well as unsustainable forest management.
The number and area of forest fires and forest diseases related to expanding population of harmful insects
in warmer conditions has been increasing in the last decades, especially in the Far East and Southern
Siberia. At the same time, the recently adopted Forest Code transfers responsibility for forest management
to the regional authorities, that often have weak analytical and information basis and insufficient capacity
for sound forest adaptation activities.


Project on Russian Forests

Russia, as many other countries, is vulnerable to the impacts of global climate change. The IPCC Forth
Assessment Report (2007) provides that in 1970-2004 the temperature rose by 0.2-1.00C in the Eastern part
of Russia, and 1.0-2.00C in the largest part of Siberia and Far East. According to the Assessment Report by
Roshydromet (2009), since 1976 the annual average temperature has been rising by 0.520C per decade, and
the regional observations show continuing warming trends, especially in the Eastern Siberia, Baikal region,
and the Russian Far East. Impacts of such warming are extremely dangerous. Besides the socio-economic
impacts, climate change creates high risks for our natural heritage. A recent report by UNESCO showed
that 26 objects of world heritage may be severely affected by climate change in the near future.
In this project we will work in the following regions neighbouring the UNESCO World Heritage sites
and centers of biodiversity in Russia:


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