Biofuel plant in Leningrad region

Company due to its huge capacity was permanently facing the lack of the raw material in its procurement area, therefore in its leasing area there were cases of harvesting within protected watershed as a sanitary cuttings

Ongoing conflict? no
Conflict type Illegal biomass extraction
Resources fire wood, solid wood
Issues 1 ecological, 2 social, 3 economical, 4 cultural
Keywords HCVF, watersheds, wood pellets, Leningrad region
Start date 2011
End date 2013
Reason(s) for conflict Harvesting within protected territories within Leningrad region while claiming those harvesting as sanitary cuttings
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Company seeks to secure raw material supply to pellet production factory, while NGOs are interested to ensure that so called "sanitary cuttings" within the watersheds are really legal
Barriers for dialogue Company has initiated sanitary monitoring of watersheds in order to perform clear-cuts in protected forests
Forums for dialogue Independent sanitary verification of potential sites to be harvested may reveal the origin the intention of previously initiated harvesting sites in protected forests
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Role and pressure from ENGOs on the matter should be stronger to push local authority to action and legal sanctions