The Great Siberian Forest: Challenges and Opportunities of Scale

  • Igor M. Danilin
  • Thomas R. Crow

Abstract

The vastness or scale of the Siberian forest presents both an opportunity and a challenge. It is a major source of softwood fiber in a world in which softwood fiber is in great demand. Its vastness and isolation from markets make it more difficult to regulate harvesting and to get both raw material and processed wood to consumers. Both natural and anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., fire, climate change) greatly alter forest landscapes and complicate the management of the resource for sustainability. We characterize the current condition of the Siberian forest in Russia and recommend future directions for this globally-important resource. The future is promising because Siberia has a relatively well-developed forest infrastructure, along with highly-trained scientists, an existing structure of forest enterprises, and some protective and regulatory measures that serve as a basis for developing and sustaining the resource. However, investments directed at modernization, especially technological, are needed to enhance the country’s capacity to promote sustainable development in the forestry sector.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor M. Danilin
    • 1
  • Thomas R. Crow
  1. 1.V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest Russian Academy of Sciences Siberian BranchAkademgorodok, 50/28Russia

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