The State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine has launched a new pilot project – an interactive map with wood processing facilities, Head of the agency Andriy Zablotsky has said.
“We want to inform our citizens as much as possible about the legal places for processing wood, as well as identify sawmills that work illegally or use illegally logged wood,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
The head of the State Forest Resources Agency said that the facility were put on the public map according to their geographical coordinate system, information from the electronic wood accounting system and the data provided by Zakarpattia, Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and Zhytomyr regional administrations.
“The project is a pilot one. Work is underway to fill the geoportal with information. Soon, a feedback form will be created through which users can provide clarification, information about unapplied objects or other informative materials related to wood processing,” Zablotsky said.
In addition, the State Forest Resources Agency is implementing a project named “Forest in a Smartphone”, which allows studying with the general list of logging tickets or checking the legality of logging on the agency’s website on an online map using a computer or a smartphone.
The website also has a service for checking the legality and origin of wood, auction and tender portals. There is an option to check the selling prices for wood, an electronic list of certificates of origin for timber and lumber. In addition, on the website of the State Forest Resources Agency one can follow the monitoring of domestic consumption of wood.
According to Zablotsky, the State Forest Agency Resources plans to transfer the majority of registers and services to a smartphone.
Ukrainian State Forest Agency logges 3.8 mln cubic meters of wood in Q1 2019
KYIV. April 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Enterprises of the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine logged 3.8 million cubic meters of wood in the first quarter of 2019, which is 7.8% less year-over-year.
The agency said in a press release on Thursday that total round wood sales in January-March 2019 on the domestic market accounted for 2.9 million cubic meters. No cubic meter of wood was sold on the foreign market.
Forest enterprises over the period saw UAH 3.9 billion of net sales revenue, which is 3% less than a year ago. One of the main reasons for the decline in the indicator is a fall in the demand on the domestic market.
As of April 1, 2019, a total of 1.2 million cubic meters of ending stocks were at warehouses of forest enterprises, which is 32% more compared with ending stocks as of early 2018.
As reported, the enterprises of the agency logged 16.5 mcm of wood (a rise of 3.7% compared with 2017). The state forest agency sold 13.7 mcm of round wood to the domestic market (a rise of 9%).
The total area of forest areas in Ukraine is almost 10.4 million hectares, the forest cover of Ukraine is 15.9%. Some 7.6 million hectares of forests (73% of the forest fund of Ukraine) are subordinate to the State Forest Resources Agency.
The State Agency of Ukraine for Forest Resources plans to launch a pilot project of an electronic register of logging permits in March, Viktor Melnychenko, the director general of the Forestry Innovation Analytical Center at the agency, has said. “This software solution will allow controlling logging permits issued for the use of a certain amount of raw materials. Now this will be a pilot project, and in future, to attract all forest users regardless of subordination, it is necessary to make appropriate changes in the regulatory framework,” he explained.
According to him, the center began the development of an e-register of wood felling licenses in December 2018. The register will allow controlling the annual volume of harvested wood. The expert noted that in the autumn of 2018 the Verkhovna Rada adopted law No. 5495 on preservation of forests, which limits the annual harvesting volume to 25 million cubic meters.
According to Melnychenko, the register will also keep records of documents that were the basis for the issue of logging permits.
A wood felling license is a permit for logging, which contains information about the place and volume of logging. This document is issued by the regional forestry and hunting directorates under the State Forestry Agency.
The total area of forest areas in Ukraine is almost 10.4 million hectares, the forest cover of Ukraine is 15.9%. Some 7.6 million hectares of forests (73% of the forest fund of Ukraine) are subordinate to the State Forestry Agency.
The State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine has regenerated 43,700 ha of forests in 2018 with 40,000 ha of clear logging in 2017, the agency has reported on its website.
According to the agency, 1,900 ha of trees planted in 2018 are new forests.
“The volume of forest renewal over the past five years amounted to 251,000 hectares, which is 11% more than the area of clear logging (227,000 hectares),” the State Forest Resources Agency said.
At the same time, the agency said that there is a tendency that the area of degraded plants is expanding, therefore, in the future, an increase in the timber harvesting volume is possible. At the same time, the State Agency is initiating a transition from clear logging to gradual and selective logging systems.
“In recent years, in the Carpathian region, gradual and selective logging systems were used more widely, reaching about 60% of the area,” the agency said.
It indicates that the data are given for forests at the disposal of the State Forest Resources Agency – 7.6 million hectares, or 73% of the Forest Fund of Ukraine.
Data on forests in the temporarily occupied territories of the country is not available.