Environmental policymaking in the Russian forest sector

Stream: Panel 87 - Environmental Politics: Cooperation and Conflict over Water and Forests 
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm


Environmental policymaking in Russia is poorly understood. The importance of environmental politics in the Russian context is reinforced by the serious nature of the country’s environmental problems. A prominent example relates to the problems associated with forest protection and illegal logging. Environmental problems are not confined to national borders, and can impact at a regional and even global level. As a result, it is essential to develop an understanding of national level decision-making processes and the institutions that hold responsibility for this vital area of policy. This paper examines the nature of Russian environmental policy actors and their interests. Key issues concern the role of environmental NGOs in policymaking, the relationship between industry and the state, interaction between state actors, and the role of political leadership in the policy process. Focusing on the forest sector in particular reveals a range of active NGOs, who work closely with industry on issues such as FSC certification. It questions why there is such close cooperation between environmental groups and industry in the sector, in comparison with other areas of environmental policy in Russia. In addition, it seeks to investigate the close links between government officials and industry. This paper will explore these relationships between policy actors and evaluate their influence on policy outcomes.


Ellie Martus (Presenter), UNSW
Ellie Martus recently submitted her PhD at UNSW, titled ‘Russia’s environmental policymaking process: the challenge from industrial interests’. She completed a Master of Philosophy in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford in 2009, and a Bachelor of International Studies at UNSW in 2006. Ellie’s interests include Russian politics and policymaking, and the environment.