The Ministry of forestry of the Irkutsk region for 10 years did not pay attention to fires and logging in the local forests
The Prosecutor’s office of the Irkutsk region convicted the regional Ministry of the forest complex in the criminal inaction. It turned out that the local Ministry of forestry in violation of the legislation 10 years in the process of updating forest management and fire safety rules in forests. Thus, the Agency has no actual figures on the state of forests in the region that could change in 10 years due to forest fires and illegal logging. The Ministry of forestry of the Irkutsk region ordered to rectify the situation by December 2017.
Western-the Baikal Interdistrict Prosecutor sent an administrative claim to the Kirov district court of Irkutsk with the request to recognise as illegal inactivity of the Ministry of forest complex of the Irkutsk region, reported on the website of the regional Supervisory authority. According to prosecutors, the Ministry of forestry in violation of the legislation over 10 years is not acting on the organization carrying out forest management in the territory 36 out of the 37 forestry of the Irkutsk region. The Prosecutor’s office demanded to oblige the Ministry to “conduct forest management in the territory of such forest areas in the period up to December 1, 2017″. “The requirements of the Prosecutor satisfied in full”, – stated in the message of press-service.
The Prosecutor’s claim was filed after the performed Supervisory authority inspections in the region. It turned out that the Ministry of agriculture of the Irkutsk region carries out its functions on the rational use of land and the protection of forests from fires “without regard to the requirements of the applicable forest legislation.”
In violation of the law 36 of the 37 forestry on forest lands in Irkutsk region have forest management prescription 10 years or more. Thus, measures on the protection of forests in these areas are designed on the basis of an inventory (material valuation of the forest. – Approx. NEWSru.com) a decade ago. That is, the current rules of fire safety in forests the Ministry of agriculture of the Irkutsk region is not taken into account.
In addition, activities on forest management are carried out not less than once in 10 years, so how it necessarily changes the taxonomic characteristics of the forest (age, height, diameter, growing trees, timber reserves, its annual increment. – Approx. NEWSru.com). Since Irkutsk, the Ministry of agriculture for 10 years, was not involved in updating the forest inventory, there is reason to believe that the real wood stock differ from the official figures in connection with the incident during this time fires and illegal logging. “There is a high risk lease to the results of auctions of forest lands, where virtually no forest plantations or reserves suitable for harvesting of wood is much lower in connection with the recent fires, illegal logging,” – said on the website of the Prosecutor’s office.
The Supervisory Agency has concluded that measures to use forests and protection from fire should be designed taking into account the relevant characteristics. Work in Irkutsk of the Ministry of agriculture in this region declared defective.
All the fires in the Irkutsk region extinguished
On the eve of the government of the Irkutsk region reported that the region extinguished all forest fires. “Over the past day were eliminated four lesions, whose area was Two hectares. 562,2 of the fire acted on the lands of forest Fund in Bratsk (1.5 ha), Kachugskiy (210 hectares) forest. One fire was extinguished in the forests of the city of Bratsk on the area of 0.7 hectares. the fire in the INSTITUTION “Zapovednoe Pribaikalye” area of 350 hectares has also been completely eliminated”, – is spoken in the message of press-service.
In extinguishing fires were attended by 187 people and 51 units of equipment, two helicopters Mi-8 for the transfer of power to a place of fire and one An-2 aircraft to monitor the forest fire situation. The state of emergency was lifted in Kachugskiy, Ust-Kut districts and areas in the city of Bratsk, but continued to operate on the territory of Irkutsk region.
At the end of September due to large-scale forest fires in the Irkutsk region introduced a state of emergencyin schools in several cities were canceled classes. Desperate locals began to collect signatures on the Internet under the address to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to intervene in the situation.
Against this background, the reporters accused the Governor of Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko that he “slept through” fires, overly fascinated by the elections in the state Duma. To combat introduced in mid-September, the fires were sent to the terrestrial group, which is in principle not able to eliminate such severe fires, reported local newspaper NewsBabr.
In the summer of 2016 in the Irkutsk region also operated a regime of emergency because of forest fires. The regional authorities then noted that the majority of fires are related to human factors.
Last summer Siberia are also covered with fire and smoke. Fires raged including the largest Baikal island Olkhon. The Irkutsk oblast Prosecutor’s office then revealed that the fires on the territory of Baikal national Park on the coast of lake Baikal were extinguished with violations: without the landscape and using the firefighting equipment.
Siberians in 2015 even supported the proposal of the representatives of the media to the resignation of the Minister of emergency situations Vladimir Puchkov. But the officer remained at his post despite numerous scandals around the issue of fighting fires in Russia.
Earlier, the head of fire programs, Greenpeace Gregory Kuksin notedthat in the Irkutsk region extinguish only 1% of the officially recorded forest fires. According to the ecologist, this occurs in particular due to the concealment of real data on the extent of the spread of fire. “Data hiding and the later response in terms of poverty funding forest protection is still there. The confusion and the apparent manipulation of the reports in connection with the zones of control are there,” – wrote Kuksin on his page in Facebook.
In addition, in the spring of 2016 against the background of fires in Siberia and the far East “the New newspaper” with reference to the data of space monitoring and remote monitoring system, which uses the forest service, wrote that the authorities may greatly underestimate the area of forest fires in Russia. Head of forest program of Greenpeace Alexei Yaroshenko noted that it does not allow the MOE and the forestry Agency to assess the real scale of the disaster and to provide regions timely assistance.
Disorders that hamper the effective fight against forest fires occur not only at the regional level, but also at the Federal level. So, in July 2016, the Prosecutor General’s office reported that the Federal Agency of a forestry (Rosles) pulled 76 billion roubles on the equipment, “absolutely useless at fighting forest fires.” In this regard, the Supervisory authority demanded to initiate a criminal case. In Rosles said that the prosecutors made a mistake and the budget was damaged not 76 billion, and 7.6 million