“If you stop tending to a garden, it will vanish. But if you leave the forest in peace, it will benefit our lives”, believes Valeriu Caisin, the protagonist of our new 5-minute video.
He is a Moldovan researcher who together with his colleagues developed a program based on the available non-electronic data, which helped Moldova combat illegal logging.
Later, to continue Valeriu’s efforts, FLEG created a wood traceability system (software application). It provides real-time, verifiable information on harvested timber by tracking it through the entire production process. The system aims at improving wood traceability from the standing timber to the end user and supporting law enforcement agencies to eliminate most of illegal activities. The system was recognized by the Moldovan authorities, and was successfully tested in a pilot area with Valeriu’s help. Moldova plans to introduce it on the national level.
The FLEG II Forest Heroes series is dedicated to people who take care of the forest and save it for future generations. All Forest Heroes have something else in common: they have all worked in partnership with FLEG II. The Program, funded by the European Union, is completing its work this year. The Forest Heroes series is one of the ways to talk about the work done over the 5 years since the launch of FLEG II.
The video was produced by Panda Agency.