The onf has estimated annual damage from breaches in the forest industry

© RIA Novosti / Igor Podgornyi. Archival photoThe onf has estimated annual damage from breaches in the forest industry© RIA Novosti / Igor Podgorny

The annual losses of Russia from the forest industry is about 1 trillion rubles, which greatly exceeds the official income of 61 billion rubles a year, said the moderator of the thematic areas of the onf «Environment», and coordinator of the Center for public monitoring of the popular front for problems of ecology and forest protection, state Duma Deputy Vladimir Gutenev.

«The annual expense of our country, taking into account the lost profits from the forest industry is about 1 trillion rubles, which is significantly higher than the official income — 61 billion rubles a year», — said Gutenev at a press conference in MIA «Russia today» during the presentation of the report «Russian forest».

He said that the state budget loses the money due to forest fires, «black» loggers, unjustified sanitary cutting, poorly performed reforestation and other factors. At the same time, he said, spending on the restoration of 1 ha of forest on the average cost of 70 thousand rubles. The damage from the activities of «black» loggers, according to onf, each year is 100 billion rubles, the same amount due to pests.

«In addition, according to our experts, the annual losses from forest fires every year is about 500 billion rubles to 30 billion rubles according to official data,» said the coordinator of the center of the onf.

Among other harmful factors he also pointed out: the lack of reforestation tenants — 70 billion; unjustified sanitary cutting 40 billion rubles; low rent — 10 billion rubles; the absence of a system for the treatment of wood waste (lost profit) — 60 billion; ineffective forest management, in particular, the informal exports of timber and illegal timber production — 100 billion.

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