To implement this reform, FLEG II suggests creating a high-level working group reporting to the Vice Prime Minister.
FLEG II presented this and other reform-related proposals, and the assessment of the state and transparency of the reform process in the letter to the National Reform Council under the President of Ukraine. Similar letters were sent to committees of Verkhovna Rada (on environmental policy, on agro-industrial complex and on entrepreneurship) and a number of relevant ministries and agencies.
This letter is the result of a round table that FLEG II organized in the World Bank office in Kyiv on December 17, 2015. It gathered representatives of Verkhovna Rada, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Agency of Forest Resources, other key government agencies responsible for the forest sector reform and European integration, national and foreign experts, business, donors and the public. The main objective of the round table was to explain the importance of prioritizing the state and public interest in the forest reform to the government officials.
“The forest sector reform is about the management of our key nature resource, the heritage of Ukrainian people. The responsibility for the forest management is divided between several ministries and regional and local authorities. Taking that into account, it is critical to create a high-level working group that will lead the work on the reform safeguarding the state and public interests”, the letter says.
The authors of the letter suggest including competent national and international experts in the working group. FLEG experts are also ready to make a contribution to the reform preparation and implementation, if this process is transparent and is carried out in the interests of the state and the public.
This has been the second round table on the topic organized by FLEG II during the past three months. Also, in September-December 2015 Program experts took part in a number of events of different level to promote FLEG II proposals on the forest sector reform to key decision-makers.