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Conservation implications of exporting domestic wood harvest to neighboring countries

Conservation implications of exporting domestic wood harvest to neighboring countries,10.1016/j.envsci.2005.12.002,Environmental Science & Policy,Audr

Conservation implications of exporting domestic wood harvest to neighboring countries   (Citations: 8)
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Among wealthy countries, increasing imports of natural resources to allow for unchecked consumption and greater domestic environmental conservation has become commonplace. This practice can negatively affect biodiversity conservation planning if natural resource harvest is merely pushed across political borders. As an example, we focus on the boreal forest ecosystem of Finland and northwest Russia. While the majority of protected forests are in northern Finland, the majority of biodiversity is in southern Finland, where protection is more difficult due to high private ownership, and the effectiveness of functioning conservation networks is more uncertain due to a longer history of land use. In northwest Russia, the current protected areas are inadequate to preserve most of the region's naturally dynamic and old growth forests. Increased importation of wood from northwest Russia to Finland may jeopardize the long-term viability of species in high diversity conservation areas in both Russia and Finland, through isolating conservation areas and lowering the age of the surrounding forest mosaic. The boreal forest ecosystem of Fennoscandia and northwest Russia would thus be best conserved by a large scale, coordinated conservation strategy that addresses long-term conservation goals and wood consumption, forest industries, logging practices and trade.
Journal: Environmental Science & Policy - ENVIRON SCI POLICY , vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 228-236, 2006
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    • ...” A recent study suggested that increased forest protection in China, Finland, and Japan has occurred through increasing imports of forest products from Russia (Mayer et al. 2005; Mayer et al...

    Navin Ramankuttyet al. Prevailing Myths About Agricultural Abandonment and Forest Regrowth in...

    • ...This study examined one of the three main corridors linking boreal forests in Fennoscandia to the rest of the boreal forest ecosystem in Eurasia (Mayer et al., 2005, 2006)...
    • ...Mayer et al. (2005, 2006) concluded that this corridor is especially endangered owing to increasing harvesting on the Russian side...
    • ...According to Mayer et al. (2005, 2006), should current harvesting rates continue and management fail to conserve connectivity, Fennoscandian vertebrate populations may be isolated from Eurasian ones...

    Petteri Muukkonenet al. Differences in the forest landscape structure along the Finnish-Russia...

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