Coordination Council is the supreme management body of the Silver Taiga Foundation, which carries out management of the Foundation activity and ensures the observance by the Foundation of the goals it was created to accomplish. During the last meeting of Silver Taiga Coordination Council held on November, 21 the members of the Council satisfied the statement of Przemyslaw Majewski about his withdrawal from the Coordination Council. Przemyslaw Majewski was a Director of the Foundation since 2002 to 2013, and was elected as a Chairman to the Coordination Council membership since 2014 to 2019. Coordination Council members expressed gratitude to Przemyslaw for his efficient and long term work as the Coordination Council Chairman and for the great contribution to the development of Silver Taiga Foundation as a Director.
2019 has been declared the International Year of Salmon by the community of scientists and ecologists. The Association of Interests “We” from the Usogorsk Children Activity Center responded to the call to highlight the need to preserve the salmon population. Read more
It was discussed during the Republic-wide Final Foresters Meeting 2019, which took place on November 28 at the Syktyvkar Forest Institute. Director of the Foundation Yuriy Pautov and Forestry Coordinator Nikolay Shuktomov told about biodiversity conservation measures in timber harvesting. Read more
Nikolai Shilov, Model River Mezen project Coordinator of the Silver Taiga Foundation, has told about it at the Round Table “Rural Areas Development”. The discussion held in the village of Ust-Kulom on November 19, 2019 in the frame of the reporting and election conference of the Ust-Kulomsky office of the interregional social movement Komi Voityr (Komi People). Read more
Annual results, areas of focus and plans for the upcoming year were discussed by the Working Group of the Sustainable Fish Resource Management in Cooperation with Local Communities: Model River Mezen project.
Silver Taiga field trip season was finished with an expedition to the upper reaches of the Mezen River (including its tributaries Upper and Lower Puzla), Elva Mezenskaya and Pyssa. The aim of a week-long tour (September 29 to October 6) was to monitor the Atlantic salmon spawning grounds under Model River Mezen project. The monitoring at the given area is being conducted since 2011. Read more
Pupils from Ust-Kulom school forestry units were looking for the answer to that question with the help of the Silver Taiga foundation representatives at the event in the frame of the FSC Friday campaign. The event took place at the Ust-Kulom secondary school with the participation of schoolchildren from Ust-Kulom, Dereviansk, Ust-Nem, Kerchomy settlements.
The guys took part in the game, having played the roles of loggers, local residents, hunters, tourists, officials, ecologists and scientists. Before the game, the Foundation staff told the participants about the social and environmental requirements laid down in FSC certification standards, as well as how rural residents can apply FSC certification to protect their interests.
Silver Taiga representatives’ article was published in the last issue of Sustainable Forest Management. The article presented a possible reduction in the number of salmon in the Northern Fisheries Basin due to the new federal law. Тhe law creates legal opportunities to a substantial reduction of spawning protective forest lines to the width of the water protection zones. The Northern Fisheries Basin is located in Arkhangelsk Region, Nenets Autonomous District, Murmansk Region, Republics of Karelia and Komi. An Educational Coordinator Nikolay Shilov and a GIS-Specialist of the Silver Taiga Foundation Alexander Borovlev have made a research on estimating possible reduction of spawning protective forest lines and the potential negative consequences for the ecological environment as well as for economy of the above listed regions due to possible decrease of Salmon population. Read more
The weaving workshop project launch took place on July 20, 2019 in Obyachevo village during the Rural Settlements’ Achievement Exhibition. The activists from the Priluzsky District were came up with the project idea, during a round table, which was held in Syktyvkar in February. The round table facilitated by the Silver Taiga Foundation and WWF Russia under The Barents Baltic Nature and People Programme for activists from Udorsky, Ust-Kulomsky, Syktyvdinsky and Priluzsky Districts of the Komi Republic. The participants were trained by Ivanna Lebedeva an expert of Agency For Rural Development Initiatives from Moscow.
Silver Taiga representatives together with the Tekhkarta Company conducted a field verification of the spruce-fur forest in Komi defined by the Transparent World Company (Moscow) to help the FSC-certificates’ holders to identify high conservation value forests (HCV 3) on their forest territory and to conserve them according to the FSC-certification national standard.
The main goal of the expedition was to visit the maximum possible amount of the spruce-fur forest lines in the central part of Komi, to identify the compliance of the spruce-fur forest lines presented on HCVF.RU with the FSC national standard requirements. Totally 22 spruce-fur forest lines were investigated during the five days in Syktyvdin, Kortkeross, Lokchim, Ust-Kulom and Pomozdino forestry units.
According to the preliminary results of the field verification there is no spruce-fur forest in the central part of the middle taiga subzone of Komi corresponding to the FSC national standard requirements.
There is the spruce-fur forest in the southern part of Komi within the boundaries of Letka, Priluzje, Koigorodok and a southern part of Ust-Nem forestry units on the border of Kirov and Perm regions, but its proportion is far below than it is presented on HCVF.RU.
The spruce-fur forest in the southern part of Komi is associated with the narrow spectrum of a wildlife habitual area. In general, it is located in the central part of the large rivers’ banks.