FLEG II program has developed and piloted a wood tracking system in Moldova. Forest enterprises are committed to follow sustainable forest management principles to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations in Moldova. The need to demonstrate effective enforcement in combating illegal logging, has given rise to efforts to provide real-time, verifiable information on harvested timber by tracking it through the entire production process. A reliable, transparent wood traceability system is an essential tool in combating illegal harvesting and trade.
After successful development and implementation in a pilot area, the system was recognized by the authorities as a modern application useful for a better keeping and more accurate evidences of the harvested timber and its use. The final achievement will be adoption of timber traceability system at national level. The system use aims at improving wood traceability from the standing timber to the end user and supporting law enforcement agencies to eliminate most of illegal activities.
Impact at scale
On 12 October, 2015 was released an Order by the Director General Ion Cebanu of the National Forestry Agency Moldsilva, which sets the formal framework of system implementation, from the pilot unit (Vatici Forest Management Unit - FMU) to the whole Orhei Forest Enterprise -FE(to ensure the necessary equipment for the pilot unit staff, and facilitate trainings organization). A responsible person has been appointed for the system implementation, foreseeing the system’s extension at FE level. As well, the National Forest Research Institute will be responsible with the management of the system’s database.
On 12-13 November 2015, more than 20 foresters from the pilot FE were trained to use the wood evidence software application, its utility and benefits. Initiation training was held in May in Vatici FMU.
For future, there are many chances that the monitoring system will be implemented at the national level. The system will bring closer Moldova’s forestry to the EU and international requirements for the sector, contributing at reducing illegal logging.
Based on World Bank Report: "Republic of Moldova: Forest Policy Note"