Moscow, February 26, 2014 – The round table "Legal protection and preservation of forests in Russia” took place at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Moscow. The FLEG II (ENPI East) Program, funded by the European Union, was presented during the event. The list of recommendations to improve the legislation was developed.
During the meeting the problems of state regulation and forest management were raised. Illegal logging, fires, diseases and pests, and man-made radiation exposure are complex problems when only formalities are made to address them.
Participants voiced on proposals to improve the existing legislation, the Forest Code, strategy development and the protection of forests, and the need to assess the impact of Russia's WTO accession for the forestry sector.
Vladislava Nemova, FLEG II (ENPI East) Program Coordinator, informed the meeting about the measures undertaken, in collaboration with the Federal Forest Agency (Roslekhoz), to implement the "European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument East Countries Forest Law Enforcement and Governance II" Program in Russia.
Following the event, participants supported the proposed changes to the Forest Code and decided to send out a series of recommendations to improve the legislation to the authorities.
As part of the FLEG II Program, the Committee for Environment and Ecology collaborates with Roslezkhoz, executive authorities from the Russian Federation, the regional chambers of Voronezh, Moscow region, the Central Siberian and Far East Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representatives of the forest industry, and small and medium enterprises.
The event was organized jointly with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Rosleskhoz, and was attended by the Chairman of the Committee for Environment and Ecology Sergey Alekseev, Deputy Head of Rosleskhoz Alexander Panfilov, member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on Natural Resources, Environment and Ecology, Oleg Lebedev, member of Russian Academy of Science Alexander Isayev, Deputy Head of the Department of Forest Protection and Preservation, Rosleskhoz, Vitaly Akberdin, the director of the Federal State-Funded Institution "Roslesozashchita " Vladimir Soldatov and others.