Andrey Goncharov took part in the meeting of SUPPORT OF RUSSIA with the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology

On May 25, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation hosted a meeting between the head of the department, Alexander Kozlov, and members of SUPPORT OF RUSSIA. The agenda of the meeting included issues supervised by the Ministry of Natural Resources, including waste management, forestry, environmental impact assessments and tourism in specially protected natural areas.

A number of issues that were raised at the meeting related to proposals for measures to support SMEs in the forestry industry - Andrey Goncharov, a member of the presidium of the NP SUPPORT OF RUSSIA, First Vice President of the National Association of Timber Industry «Russian Forest», spoke about them.

As Deputy Head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Sergey Anoprienko noted, support measures are under development. For example, Rosleskhoz proposes to make payments this year under lease agreements for forest plots provided for timber harvesting, based on the actual volume of timber harvested in 2022. Now this proposal is being worked out with the regional authorities.

During the meeting, businessmen also touched upon the topic of ESG reporting. Despite the fact that, given the current economic situation, environmental control in the country is weakening, SUPPORT OF RUSSIA believes that it is necessary to maintain the social responsibility of business in environmental matters.