Baltic State Administration holds meeting on forest conservation and rational use of forest resources

05 September 2019, 14:54
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The issues of preserving forests and maintaining order in the forestry are among the priorities of the authorities. This was stated by Roman Katsmaz, head of the Baltic region during a working meeting in the regional state administration. In particular, it was about strengthening measures to control the use and protection of forests in order to counteract illegal logging, as well as to transfer land parcels of the forest fund to state forestry. A separate issue was raised by the problem of the use of forest strips and forest plantations, their protection and conservation. We will remind, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed on July 9 this year the Decree "On Some Measures for Conservation of Forests and Management of Forest Resources".

Representatives of the State Forestry Committee, the State Geocadastre, heads of structural units of the administration and village heads of the district expressed their views and views on the issues raised.

The vast majority of forests is in use by state-owned forests. However, there are some forests that are on reserve lands and do not have permanent users (so-called "collective" forests), and therefore are not protected from illegal activity in these territories.

As a result of the meeting, it was decided to speed up the process of transferring the land parcels of the forest fund to the Baltic State Forestry; develop and approve, as soon as possible, rules on the use of forest strips that will be uniform throughout the area; strengthen control over illegal logging and more.