Fostering Forest Certification Processes in Russia and North America

Joint project with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (New Haven, USA).

Goals: to analyse and compare the current state of forest certification processes in Russia and North America. Forest practices were investigated to make forest certification processes in both regions more effective in promoting sustainable forest management. The project focused on some of the largest forest products companies, working in the biologically richest forests remaining in the world. The primary goal of the exchange was to forge new partnerships between environmental activists, and basic and applied researchers in both countries so that the work of each would be strengthened. An additional objective was to strengthen environmental activists in both regions, making their negotiations and advocacy more effective, by arming them with the tools of social analysis.

Supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding (USA).