Better governance, better forests in Moldova
06 June 2012 | Article
Moldova is a poorly forested country and the increasing demand for domestic forest products makes forest ecosystems vulnerable to human intervention. The ENPI FLEG Program, implemented in Moldova by IUCN and the World Bank, is greatly contributing to improving governance and management of forest resources in the country.
From 2009 to 2012 a number of activities were undertaken under ENPI FLEG in the country. Analytical studies (wood consumption and illegal logging) and digital mapping of forests to improve forest data were carried out. Forest management planning work was conducted in over 2,500 hectares of community forests to help local people improve management of forest vegetation and protect the conservation functions of forests.
The ENPI FLEG team in the country has urged the government to issue special orders and initiate law revisions to ensure improved and more transparent use of timber forests. Together with the Forest Research and Management Institute (ICAS), the team is contributing to the FIRSM (Forestry Institutional Reform Strategy in Moldova) process in the country by assisting the World Bank in developing the FIRSM concept and action plan.
As part of ENPI FLEG activities, IUCN also worked with the public association "Silva'Mileniu III" on conducting an analytical study on real wood consumption, and with ICAS on a study on illegal logging and its scale in Moldova.
Professional education of forestry personnel at various administrative levels and forestland owners, improved cooperation among actors and analysis of conflict situations in the sector were also part of the Program.
All these efforts contributed to starting a process of transformation in the forest sector in Moldova. This process has involved various stakeholders, from the national Parliament and Government, to local administrations and the NGO community and is meant to bring about substantial change in how forests and their resources are used in the country.
On 18 November 2011, the ENPI FLEG team in Moldova received awards from the governmental Forestry Agency “Moldsilva” for their efforts and significant contributions for the development of the national forestry sector.
The ENPI FLEG Program “Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the European Neighbourhood Policy East Countries and Russia” supports governments, civil society, and the private sector in the development of sound and sustainable forest management practices, including reducing the incidence of illegal forestry activities. The Program is carried out in Moldova in partnership with Agency Moldsilva, ICAS, and a number of local NGOs. Other countries where the Program is carried out include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and the Ukraine.
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