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UKRAINE: SUPPORT OF FOREST SECTOR REFORMS THROUGH INFORMATION PLATFORMS
The forest sector in Ukraine faces a number of challenges caused by weak governance, corruption, and institutional weaknesses stemming from the historic post-Soviet concentration of regulatory and business functions within one institution. The country is currently facing major policy reforms across sectors, including forest management and administration. Maintaining an open dialogue on forest issues with the government and other national stakeholders is critical to continue the support to a significant reform process and at the same time maintain the dialogue with key stakeholders on priority issues.
Building on a Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) program (2009–16), the objective of this activity is to facilitate knowledge exchange, transparency, and inclusiveness of the forest policy reform process in Ukraine with the outcome of influencing the process to increase governance indicators, specifically enhanced accountability of authorities in charge of forest management and improved access to forest-related information by various stakeholders. It will also target university students to inform them about analytical interventions on critical issues of the sector.
More specifically, activities will included:
· An updated analysis of forest sector dynamics (statistics of harvest, tree species composition, export/import, etc.) and regulatory environment.
· Targeted expert interventions into priority issues of forestry policy and forest sector reforms, with preparation of presentations and delivery of findings/information at round tables bringing in key stakeholders and representatives of various interest groups.
· Support for further developing a web-based information exchange and discussion platform.
· The preparation and delivery of a series of lectures for universities in Kiev, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and other cities.
This activity is ongoing. Findings will be shared on this page when they become available.
Last Updated : 02-24-2017