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The International Year of Forests

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V.V. Komarov

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The article analyses the problems of improving world forestry, discusses the UN concept of the “Year of Forests 2011” and dwells on the measures for conservation and optimization of the use of forests, protection of ecosystems and biodiversity. It is obvious that without a new culture of survival in the format of green economy, the humanity is doomed to disaster. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, paid special attention to the development of comprehensive measures for sustainable development of agriculture and programmes for conservation and rehabilitation of the world’s forests. We need to make people realize that Russia’s resources are exhaustible and establish qualitatively new values and a careful attitude to them. The key method of this study is the analytical and statistical one. Forests are closely linked with livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people on the planet and are able to help in solving the problem of climate change and new environmental challenges, as well as in achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN. Research work in Russia and, as a consequence, state policy in the sphere of forest relations shall be aimed at making forests ­– a renewable natural resource – bring additional revenue to the federal and regional budgets, strengthen the export potential of the country, create new jobs and provide healthy environment.


V.V. Komarov, Candidate of Economics, Professor

Russian Agrarian Correspondence University 
Yuliusa Fuchika, 1, 143900, Balashikha, Moscow Region, Russia


Russian Agrarian Correspondence University


forestry, Year of Forests 2011, UNEP, Rio+20, forest fires, investment, experience of Finland, deep processing of wood.


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