The Government of Moldova has launched a National Forestry Consultancy Office (NFCO) to provide necessary expertise and assistance (informational, technical, and financial) for improved forest management in the country. The announcement came on March 19, 2015 as part of Moldova’s efforts to support the United Nations’ International Day of Forests. NFCO is the result of cooperation between Agency Moldsilva and the FLEG II regional program and will serve foresters across Moldova regardless of whether the forests are public, community or private.
According to Moldsilva, 13 percent of Moldova’s territory is comprised of community forestland (130,000 hectares) plus community pastureland (310,000 hectares) owned and managed by local governments. According to experts, these lands are often poorly managed, using only 20% of their potential.
"The Office's primary goal is to put in force a unified legal and regulatory framework for all types of forest ownership,” said Fiodor Botnaru, deputy general director of Agency Moldsilva. “This will help ensure good management as we currently implement a national afforestation plan for 2014-2018 by creating more forest plantations on around 13 thousand hectares. As a result, more private forests can be established and managed according to the Forest Code. Moldova will benefit from such operations and, eventually, by owning a sustainable forest heritage."
Agency Moldsiva is the government forest agency in Moldova and the main forest owner and policy maker in forestry and hunting in the country. FLEG II is the second phase of the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Program which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Bank, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and WWF.
"The FLEG II program has made the country's forest sector move forward,” said Dumitru Galupa, director of Forest Research and Management Institute. “According to the program, the Forest Research and Management Institute has undertaken forest management planning (FMP) work across 11 selected local communities owning forest resources. Forest management materials are elaborated according to internationally recognized ‘Mapinfo,’ and in 2015 we will continue to work with local communities in order to conduct FMP in their forestland."
"We will continue to further cooperate with Moldsilva and local public administrations, as both have been our reliable partners, and the new consultancy office will help involve the private sector too in order to work toward sustainable development of all of Moldova’s forest resources,” said Aurel Lozan, FLEG II country program coordinator in Moldova. “Biodiversity conservation and a sustainable balance in Moldovan forestry still remain our vision for the future."
The NFCO will function within Moldsilva, under the Forest Research and Management Institute (http://icas.com.md/).