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21/12/2015

Timber traceability system developed under FLEG II has chances to be extended at national level

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.

Quick facts:

  • 11, 7 % of Moldova is covered with forest
  • Forest ecosystem services are estimated at 28mil. US$/year
  • 80% of local communities use wood as the primary source of energy. Most of the wood is being sold to the small households as a source of energy and keeping accurate/real time records of the operations is still a challenge.
  • In 2010 the annual use of fuelwood at 1.039 million m3 or almost three times the reported sale of firewood. The total estimated consumption of fuelwood and timber used for energy is 1.079 million m3 and this represents 80% of the estimated annual increment of forests and other forest vegetation.
  • Forests are locally important as sources of employment with up to 10,000 seasonal workers employed annually

Based on World Bank Report: "Republic of Moldova: Forest Policy Note"



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