Food and land use context in Russia

The largest country in the world, Russia is notably covered by wide forests, steppes, and tundra, with 9% of the land formally protected. The varied climates, as well as the wide, uninhabited, and unexploited areas (65% of the territory) allow for rich biodiversity. In addition, with more than half its territory covered by forests, Russia acts as a major carbon sink, although further policy measures such as wildfire prevention could help increase its carbon sequestration potential. Russia’s crop production is mostly developed in the Southwestern, Ural and Siberian regions. Over the last decade, carbon emissions from crop production in these regions have greatly decreased; contrary to the Northwestern and Far Eastern regions, where crop production is relatively smaller and GHG emissions per ton of crop production are significantly larger. Supporting policies and technological change could help these regions reduce their carbon footprint in the future.

Food and land use context in Russia

Participating institution: Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Team members: Oleg Lugovoy (RANEPA), Vladimir Potashnikov (RANEPA), Anton Strokov (RANEPA)

Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for the Russian Federation.


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