Cover Osteuropa 7-9/2020

In Osteuropa 7-9/2020

Tigers, pine nuts and logging
The temperate forests in Russia’s Far East

Markus Radday

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The temperate mixed pine and deciduous forests in the Far East of Russia are home to an extraordinary variety of plants and animals. They are a part of the Amur Basin and are of considerable economic importance to the local population. They also help protect the global climate. Non-sustainable use, illegal logging and forest fires are all endangering these forests. As acts of human interference intensify, the degree of biodiversity in the forests lessens, as does the amount of carbon that they store. The ecological, environmental and social contribution made by these forests must be maintained. However, Russia’s forestry industry has been undermined, and is in need of reform.

(Osteuropa 7-9/2020, pp. 73–90)