Second Forest Conference
On 22 March 2013 the town of Egoryevsk hosted the second Forest Conference. The event was organized by Kronospan and Kronodrev. Among the Forum's official guests were representatives of the Moscow Region Forestry Committee, Mosles Federal State Unitary Enterprise, the Bashkir Forestry Ministry and the Russian national office of the Forest Stewardship Council. A further 30 specialists from leading forest sector entities within Moscow, Ryazan, Vladimir, Ivanovo, Nizhny Novgorod Regions and the Republic of Bashkortostan took part in the conference.
Media coverage was provided by the local newspapers ‘Znamya Truda' and the ‘Egoryevskiy Kuryer', as well as the local TV station of Egoryevsk.
The Managing Director of OOO Kronospan opened the conference with a tour around the production facilities. The representatives of the Moscow Region Forestry Committee and the Bashkir Forestry Ministry engaged in talks focused on forest conservation, the state of the environment and social responsibility. They also exchanged opinions about pressing problems regarding the forestry situation with the trade experts. A result of the discussion was an action plan to develop small and medium businesses in the timber cutting/processing sector. The conference continued with a presentation by the executives of Kronospan and Kronodrev; they spoke of the construction of the chipboard plant in the Republic Bashkortostan and the expected OSB production line at the plant near Moscow. The executives' speech also offered practical answers to urgent trade questions. Participants at the conference considered how an effective relationship could be developed between Kronospan and other organizations in the timber industry.
Global standards demand ecologically responsible wood utilization. This generated great interest in the topic "Forest Conservation and Controlled Delivery of Raw Wood". During the presentation, Kronodrev's management outlined how they monitor the origin of the purchased raw wood. Thus they prevent the sale of illegally cut wood, wood cut in violation of traditional or civil rights, or wood cut from forest where timber exploitation threatens forest reserves.
A. Ptichnikov, Executive Director of FSC Russian office, explained the importance of the Forest Stewardship Council Certification, the principles behind it and types of Certification. Then he concluded by answering participants' questions.
The conference agenda also included a tour of the Museum of Art and History in Yegoeyvsk, where the event was held.