The Timber Legality Risk Assessment covering the entire Russian Federation (V1.1., dated May 2017) has been removed as the legal requirements and risk description was no longer reflecting the current situation in the Russian forest sector.
Preferred by Nature has recently released a sub-national risk assessment for the European part of Russia. A description of the current legal requirements for the forest sector can be found in this risk assessment for the European part of Russia and is applicable to all of Russia.
However, please note that the risk description does not relate to the regions outside the scope of the European part of Russia Timber Legality Risk Assessment. Therefore, we can only recommend to use the identified risks and risk mitigation measures when applying due diligence on wood sourced from the European part of Russia.
Note that risks are usually considered higher in the Eastern part of Russia compared to the Western part of Russia, and risk mitigation measures are likely to require onsite audits.
We have currently no further risk assessments planned for Russia, as we have no funding available to support the risk assessment development.
If you would like to support the development of a risk assessment for Russia, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Score: 30 / 100 in 2020
Rank: 129 out of 180 countries in 2020
Logging ban: Ban on logging Korean pine
Other restrictions: Russia might implement a temporary export ban on birch logs.
According to the Council of Foreign Relations’ Global Conflict Tracker there are no armed conflicts being recorded in Russia. Based on the Upsala Conflict Data Program, there were 280 deaths related to armed conflicts in Russia between the period of 2015-2019. However, those deaths seem not to be related the forest sector.
Mitigate the risks in your supply chain
Learn which actions we recommended to mitigate the risks associated with the timber sources from Russia.
There are five recommended actions to mitigate the risks associated with the timber sources from Russia:
1. Fully map your supply chain
- Our supply chain mapping tool can help you do this.
2. Obtain and verify documents
3. Consult with stakeholders
4. Carry out on-site verification
5. Conduct targeted timber testing
- Conduct timber testing on samples of purchased material to verify the species or origin of timber, where appropriate