The government will discuss the mandatory restoration of forests cut down

© RIA Novosti / Max Petropalace in fotobanka. Archive photoThe government will discuss the mandatory restoration of forests cut down© RIA Novosti / Max Petropalace the image Bank

The Russian government will discuss the draft Federal law on compulsory restoration of deforested and damaged forests, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.

«The purpose of the bill – mandatory recovery of felled, dead, damaged forests, the preservation of useful functions of forests and their biological diversity. Proposed legislation, according to which reforestation of the areas leased, in perpetuity, free use, should be respected by all persons using the forest, on the basis of the project of forest development», — stated in the materials for the meeting.

The bill provides that persons using forests for construction, reconstruction and operation of infrastructure, as well as for processing of timber and other forest resources will be required to conduct reforestation and afforestation on the area equal to the area of felling — within the specified region.

The project was approved on 9 January at a meeting of the government Commission on legislative activities.