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Europe initiated support for Ukraine's forestry fund during the war
posted 31 August 2022 13:49

In the framework of the Forum "Forests of Europe" approved a resolution that provides recommendations for the restoration of forestry in Ukraine. It is about, among other things, logistical support.

Ukraine has the 9th largest area of forests in Europe. In general, the military actions of different intensity were conducted on 3 million hectares of forests, while now there are 600 thousand hectares of forests. According to Yuriy Bolokhovets, the Head of the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine, the forest sector has already suffered UAH 18.7 billion of damage during the six months of war.

The head of the international activities sector of the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine Liubov Poliakova presented the main problems and consequences of the military aggression for the forest sector. In particular, she spoke about fires, contamination by explosives, loss of productivity, the need for changes in legislation to simplify the procedure required for reforestation. In addition, she noted the need to carry out forest inventory and reforestation over a large area, which would require significant additional funding.

The Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Djem Ozdemir, has initiated a process of European support. The proposal was adopted as a ministerial decision by the 44 member states of the pan-European process of ministers responsible for forestry. Mr. Ozdemir also underlined that Russia's war of aggression is contrary to international law and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Europe stands in solidarity with Ukraine.

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