Kęstutis Trečiokas: “We must have a consistent forest policy”2015-05-14
Speaking at a high-level meeting of the 11th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests on 13–14 May in New York (US), the Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, focused on internationally urgent forest problems.
Today our forest sector is faced with great challenges as it has to solve questions relating to climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation. According to the Minister, for this reason we need to have a consistent forest policy and follow it.
Mr. Trečiokas stressed that problems in the forestry sector had to be solved on regional, national and global level. “One of such measures is strategic planning in implementing national forest programmes which in particular identify the key objectives and tasks of the forest sector,” said the Minister.
In 2012, the Government adopted the National Forestry Sector Development Programme that sets strategic objectives and specific actions until 2020. “During the last ten years, the forest area has grown by two percent in Lithuania, and today forests occupy one-third of the country’s territory. In addition, Lithuania has constantly ensured good and sustainable forest management and an appropriate balance of the economic, social and environmental functions. We are convinced that a national forest programme is one of the best measures for pursuing forest management objectives on national level,” said Mr. Trečiokas.
The Minister stressed that Lithuania supported the opinion of other European Union states that membership in the process of the UN Forum on Forests after 2015 should be universal and have clear powers, objectives and functions. Support should be provided to the principle of voluntary financing and the maintenance of an appropriate voluntary financial fund of the Forum on Forests.
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