Pushkino (Moscow Region), 27-28 March 2014 – a seminar, "Module-based programs of forest law enforcement and governance training to be delivered through networks", was held at the Russian institute of Continuous Education in Forestry.
The purpose of the seminar was to discuss issues of improving the training system for forest governance and of testing module-based (practical) educational programs designed for use in preparation for bachelors and masters in "Forest management".
World Bank experts from the EU funded FLEG II (ENPI East) Program* presented the draft training module programs in four areas. These are related to control and enforcement concerning the use of forests, their reproduction, forest conservation, and fire protection.
Most experts and representatives of higher learning institutes have agreed that such field forestry training programs should be implemented mainly in the Masters programs, in order to fill the gap in the literacy of training forest managers. However, the limited financial resources of universities, and higher demands on the quality of the educational process in the form of training, currently require, according to experts, other forms - such as the network. This is especially true because it contained provisions of a new federal law, "On Education in the Russian Federation" (Article 13, part 1, Article 15).
The network form of educational programs involves the use of programs / resources of several organizations engaged in educational activities, including foreign ones. Training on forest law enforcement and such educational resource block programs should be built in a modular fashion, wherein each of the modular programs should provide knowledge and skills in the forestry administration.
The workshop recognized the training and retraining of highly qualified personnel essential to create an effective system of forest management in the Russian Federation (RF). It recommended that the Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz) executive bodies of state power within the Russian Federation consider and promote the training modules from FLEG II, in the preparation of future specialist state forest management.
The seminar was attended by representatives of the Federal Forestry Agency, teachers retraining in systems of forestry, and teachers from the eight leading universities for forestry in Russia: Siberian State Technological University, Volga Technological University, the Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Moscow State Forest University, St. Petersburg Forestry University, Voronezh State Forestry Academy, Bryansk State Academy of Engineering and Technology, Syktyvkar Forest Institute.
* In accordance with the country work plan of FLEG II (ENPI East) of the World Bank, the direction of "Strengthening human resource capacity on FLEG ", which provides for the development and implementation of module-based training programs for law enforcement and governance across the forest sector in the Russian Federation and its subjects.