On February 26, 2018, the Embassy of Canada in Romania organized a seminar in order to provide information on how Canada manages the forest mass by a sustainable manner, regarding the preservation (including in the event of natural disasters, such as forest fires), the harvesting and the purchase of wood, respectively how it incorporates its expertise in the forest policy development.
The main actors of the seminar were entities of the Romanian forest management sector, namely the Ministry of Waters and Forests, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Romsilva, the Forest Guard, the “Marin Dracea” National Forestry Research and Development Institute, and the Association of Forest Administrators.
Two experts in sustainable forest management from Canada shared their experience on the forest management practices implemented in two of Canada’s largest provinces, covered by approximately 135 million hectares of forest, representing more than one third of the total of the Canadian forest lands. Ralph Spaans, a specialist in forestry of the Ministry of Natural and Forest Resources in Ontario, spoke about Sustainable Forest Management in the Ontario province, while Marian Marinescu, Head Researcher at FPInnovatins from Vancouver (British Columbia), held a presentation on the Sustainable Management and Research in Forestry in the British Columbia province.
The Romanian representative of the Canadian company Waterax, Adina Stefanescu, briefly spoke about the company’s experience in the matter of combatting forest fires, especially in isolated areas.
Tiberiu Stan, the head of the Forest IT System Department of the Romanian Ministry of Waters and Forests, shared the Romanian experience in the matter of the sustainable forest management, including related to combatting the illegal forest cutting, and held a presentation on the Integrated IT System for Wood Tracking (SUMAL).