Preliminary data in a 2016 report on Romania’s forestry indicate that illegal logging was down in 2016, the Romanian Ministry of Water and Forestry (MAP) said Tuesday.
It added that each March 21, the International Day of Forests is observed all around the world.
“The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness on the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests,” added MAP.
The theme for 2017 is Forests and Energy.
“Responsible and sustainable forestry management is a priority with the Ministry of Water and Forestry (MAP). The development and health of forests are included in an annual report on the state of forests. The report is an x-ray of Romania’s total forests, including information such as forestland size, ownership, distribution by relief, geography and climate, species and groups thereof, functional groups and types,” according to MAP.
MAP is expected to release in the second half of the year the report for 2016. Preliminary data reveal a tendency toward growth in Romania of about 10,000 hectares as well as a dip in illegal logging.
“Romania needs sustainable management of its forestry in order to improve life quality and secure the needs of the Romanian society. In a European context, Romania possesses all the assets to become a leader in multifunctional forestry management, which is our medium- and long-term objective,” Minister of Water and Forestry Adriana Petcu is quoted as saying in a press statement.
The ministry is set to start off shortly a procedure for the establishment of a National Silviculture Council. The main objective of the new body is to contribute toward the advancement of sustainable forestry management and improving forestry competitiveness to the benefit of the society, including by securing continuity in the implementation of the forestry strategy, drawing up recommendations to amend and/or upgrade strategies, polices and other programmatic documents by monitoring the activities of the central public administration in charge with silviculture.
The mission of the new body is to secure a uniform and integrant vision for the sustainable development and management of forestry as well as to monitor the consistency in the implementation of the forestry strategy as well as other forestry-related policies, strategies and pieces of legislation.