• DOI 10.31509/2658-607x-2020-3-3-1-45
  • УДК 630:346

Concept draft bill of the Federal law “Forest Code of the Russian Federation”

         Gagarin Yu.N.

Center for Forest Ecology and Productivity of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Profsoyuznaya st. 84/32 bldg. 14, Moscow, 117997, Russia

*E-mail: j.gagarin@list.ru

Received 01.06.2020
Accepted 05.08.2020

This paper presents a concept draft bill of the Federal Law “Forest Code of the Russian Federation”, which proposes some new approaches to public forest management improvement. The related questions had been discussed during scientific debates held by the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on forests in 2015–2019. The goal of the draft bill is to modernise the forest law of the Russian Federation to bring it in line with changes in the state of forests, their increasing role in climate regulation and other ecosystem services, as well as the further development of market relations in the Russian economy. The Concept Paper is based on an idea of a transition from the development of natural forests as a source of timber to the organisation of economic activities aimed at the cultivation of highly productive forest stands on available forest land. Provisions aimed at developing economic mechanisms to ensure forestry profitability in a market economy, both through forest products and ecosystem services, make up an important part of the Concept Paper. Approaches to the further development of public and private forest management, which will improve the efficiency of forest use, protection, conservation and regeneration, are outlined. Legal mechanisms for improving the public forest management system and forms of state and business participation in forest management are proposed.

Key words: forest fund, forestry, public forest management, private forest management, ecosystem services