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“Stop timber to China”

"Остановите вывоз леса в Китай"

Social worker from Irkutsk Olga zhakova transferred to the administration of the President of the signatures for a moratorium on the export of round timber from Siberia. The appeal and the signature was received by the employee of presidential administration Andrey Lepin. The results of the review will be known within 30 days.

Petition for a moratorium of 10 years on the export of round timber from Siberia was established in September 2017, since it was signed more than 176 thousand people. Also the collection of signatures took place on the streets in three regions of the Baikal natural territory, — the Zabaykalsky Krai, the Republic of Buryatia and Irkutsk region.

"Остановите вывоз леса в Китай"

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According to the social worker, this is due to the social worker from Zabaykalsky Krai, Stas Zakharov, who took part in the interdepartmental Commission on protection of lake Baikal, which took place in Irkutsk. Then the action drew the attention of the Minister of natural resources and ecology of Russia Sergey Donskoy. He instructed the colleagues of the Federal forestry Agency to carefully consider this appeal.

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“Siberia has always been famous for its forests. But now the pride of our country is in danger: acres of valuable breeds of a tree cut down and exported to China. Having zillions of forest resources, the authorities are only concerned about short-term profits from the sale of wood, like hundreds of years ago. So far no one involved with the development of industries for processing wood. Private timber companies would like to reduce the amount of forest cut down, and create hundreds of jobs. But instead to create their own businesses, the authorities mindlessly sell the raw material, not even caring about the restoration of forests”, — said in the petition.

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As the press service of the Siberian customs administration, China remains the leading importer in the international market of timber and timber products from Buryatia. In addition to China in 2017, the forest exported to Mongolia, Germany, Japan, Syria, France. Exports of timber and timber products in 2017 amounted to 1 million 994,7 thousand cubic meters, which is 17.4 percent more than the same period last year. The value of exported amounted to 127 million 126 thousand 560 USD.

It is noted that on the facts of violations of the law of timber and products of its processing in the Buryat customs filed 20 criminal cases.

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