The industry has come a very long way from the historic wall-to-wall monoculture plantings which gave plantation forestry its bad name. Today, plantation forestry is the most intensive and productive type of forestry operation, with yields up to 10 times that of natural forests. Supported by the WWF-MWP, improved wetland management and restoration has reversed most of the damage of the past, and now this water stewardship practice is being promoted by WWF and Mondi through the NGP platform. We believe well-managed plantations hold the key to meeting the world’s growing demand for wood.
The boreal forests of Russia are vitally important nationally and to local people – providing food, hunting, recreation and supporting many important species, along with all the other forest products and services. We’ve worked with our partners for many years to develop a best practice approach that provides increasing wood and fibre yield from commercial areas while mimicking natural forest dynamics, thereby maintaining ecosystem services now and into the future. Science-based management plans result in a mosaic of managed areas, areas where the forest regenerates naturally, areas of HCV that are not harvested at all, and protective buffer zones along rivers and other sensitive areas. The working forest will play an important role in meeting the growing demand for wood and fibre while protecting important pristine forests and HCV areas of Russia.