Russian Federation

Daria Ratsiborinskaya

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    This chapter provides an assessment of the statutory legal definition of “forest” in contemporary Russia. In order to get a comprehensive picture, the chapter analyses the legal sources, the case law and the legal doctrine, addressing the notion of “forest”. The 2006 Forest Code provides a particularly interesting and valuable insight into some of the key problems regarding the general position of the State towards the forest. Its key focus is on regulation of land use, specifically allocation of land (‘forest parcels’ in terms of the new Forest Code). The forest as an ecosystem and even as a resource is not a primary focus of the Code. In terms of definition, the Code addresses, but does not disclose the meaning of forest, making the focus of the forest legislation unclear. Such situation cannot help preventing illegal logging and organising efficient management of wild fires. The additional information, obtained from the case law and the legal doctrine, enhances and extends, by way of criticising and interpreting, the statutory approach to the notion of “forest”, and, generally, demonstrates the vital necessity in sharpening its legislative definition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDefinitions of «Forest» and the Law from a Global Perspective: A Critical Handbook
    EditorsM. Monteduro, P. Buongiorno, S. Doumbé-Billé, D. Santiago Iglesias
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Publication series

    SeriesLegal Issues in Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies (LITES)
    VolumeVol.I & Vol.II

    Research programs

    • SAI 2010-01 RRL
    • SAI 2010-01-I RRL sub 1


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