Following the meeting there has been signed the inter-ministerial memorandum on cooperation.In particular, the Memorandum provides for establishment of cooperation concerning:
Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Taras Kutovyi within his official visit to the Republic of Austria met with his Austrian counterpart, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria Andre Ruprehter.
Following the meeting there has been signed the inter-ministerial memorandum on cooperation.
In particular, the Memorandum provides for establishment of cooperation concerning:
· forest management based on objective data and information (including national forest inventory data);
· ensuring the legality of timber in accordance with the commitments under the EU regulation on timber;
· execution applied researches on the conservation and protection of forests, forest genetics, research of soils and ecology;
· Implementation of close to nature forest management, conservation of forest biodiversity;
· reduction of the impact of climate changes and adapting to its changes in the forest sector, including measures to prevent natural disasters;
· provide effective and environmentally safe technologies for forest management and trainings for foresters;
· assessment of needs in forest infrastructure and needs in construction of forest roads;
· increasing of public environmental awareness, education and development of ecological culture of the population on issues of sustainable forest management.
Other areas of cooperation can be mutually agreed.
It is assumed that the cooperation will be carried out through the exchange of scientific and technical information and documentation on R&D in the field of forestry.
Also, it is planned to exchange experts, researchers and consultants. It has been approved to hold joint working groups, meetings, seminars and study tours. Finally, it is expected to prepare and implement joint projects.
Today Austria is not able to invest in the development of forestry in Ukraine by itself solely, but the presence of the Memorandum will facilitate finding international sources of funding for such cooperation.