The question of cutting down forests does the Ukrainian Ministry of agrarian policy, – Kovaliv

Вопросом вырубки украинских лесов занимается Минагрополитики, - Ковалив

The Ministry of economic development and trade discusses with the Ministry of agriculture large-scale reform of the management of this major public resource like the forest. This was announced by first Deputy Minister of economy in Yulia Kovaliv the briefing, which was broadcast channel “112 Ukraine”.

“In parallel we are working on a bill, work with business associations, with investors and companies that already operate in the market, with MPs. I hope that in the near future we will offer a consensus that will be acceptable to our European partners and actually lift the ban on the export of Lakokraska. In any case, we will be offering a transparent auction sale of timber,” said Kovaliv.

She also noted that the issue of deforestation today is in the area of responsibility of the Ministry of agriculture. “We have until a moratorium was not the mass felling. The question of deforestation is regulated by other normative acts. Today it is engaged in the agriculture Ministry, where also it is necessary to restore order. But the ban of exports, according to the European partners, needs to be removed,” said Kovaliv.

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The Verkhovna Rada on 9 April 2015 passed a law, prohibiting for 10 years the export of timber and lumber in its raw form. A ban on the export of timber tree species (excluding pine) came into force on 1 November last year, and the prohibition of the export of tree species pine will start to operate on 1 January 2017.

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We will remind, on may 11, the Cabinet imposed a temporary ban on sanitary felling in Ukrainian forests.