Within Ukraine, 4.08 million ha forests already certified
23.01.2019 21:43 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As to the international non-profit non-governmental organization Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) data, as of Jan 2019, 4.08 million ha forests have been certified within Ukraine, Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reports.
It is to be admitted, the forest certification is an assessment of the compliance of the forest management system with the established international requirements for forest management on the basis of sustainable development. The purpose of forest certification is to ensure economically, ecologically and socially balanced forest management through the implementation of relevant generally accepted and credible standards.
«Nearly half of all the forests subordinated to the Ukrainian State Forestry Agency has already been certified. Within recent years, we have significantly enlarged the area of certified forests. And we will continue this work. Unfortunately, within the southern and eastern regions, certification was not carried out due to lack of finances,» Volodymyr Bondar, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian State Forestry Agency, admitted.