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.

In this context, our methodological approach is based on the following three key elements:

1. Analytical support of decision makers: Improvement of knowledge about risks posed by
natural and anthropogenic impacts, carbon sequestration by forests in the pilot regions,
adaptation and mitigation opportunities, mechanisms for attracting investments into forest
adaptation and mitigation, and ways for effective complex use of forest resources, including
woodwaste utilization for energy purposes.

2. Demonstration projects: Through learning-by-doing we will get practical experience under
real social, economic and political condition in implementing adaptation and mitigation policies
in Russian forest sector. For that we will do pilot small-scale demonstration projects in
afforestation, sustainable forest management, and woodwaste use for communal heating
purposes as a substitute for coal and heavy oil. This experience will help to provide operational
and result-oriented recommendations for regional and federal policy makers.

3. Awareness raising campaign: To scale-up and disseminate our program findings we will
undertake various activities, such as creation of a special web-site for presenting information
materials and exchange of information, capacity-building for regional forestry specialists,
Social Forums for different civil society groups (youth, women, indigenous people), on-the-site
training of journalists from leading federal and regional mass media, networking with the
international Boreal Forests Network under UNFCCC, National Bioenergy Union and others,
establishment and facilitation of domestic BorealForests.Ru network, publication of program
results and organization of a Russia-wide Forum “Climate Change and Russian Forest:
Challenges and Solutions”.

We envisage the following results of the project:

· Information and analytical basis for scientifically sound policy making on adaptation and
mitigation in forest sector on the regional level;
· Capacity building for the regional forestry authorities to promote long-term sustainable use of
IPCC methodologies, analytical instruments for developing adaptation strategies and measures;
· Practical experience in the pilot project development and implementation, which will provide the
basis for the region-wide forest activities and attraction of carbon and other investors in the forest
· Involvement of various civil society groups into discussion and policy making on forest sector
adaptation in Russia and internationally;
· Scaling-up the issues of adaptation and mitigation in Russian forest sector aimed at strengthening
federal climate change policy making.
The program has been supported by the key Russian stakeholders and international partners (including
US organizations), which is required for its successful implementation and further long-term use of its

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