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About 400 employees of the National Forest Agency underwent special training

With the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Sweden, a special training course for the staff of the National Forestry Agency and the regional forest services was conducted within the framework of the ongoing project "Facilitating the Introduction of Multifunctional Forest Use Practices". Up to 400 employees of the Agency have been trained to ensure the effective enforcement of the new Forest Code.A special program prepared on the issues defined by the Code will help the Agency staff to effectively perform their duties. As part of the course, 120 employees will also be trained in forest firefighting organization and tactics. The program is prepared by the Emergency Management Service, and in addition to the theoretical part, it includes practical training, and the local population will be involved as volunteers.

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Forest inventory in Adigeni municipality

Forest inventory works are started in Adigeni municipality. After completing a three-month training program prepared by the National Forestry Agency, forestry specialists will carry out inventory work on an area of ​​30,000 hectares. The third phase of the training was supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Zavita. The project "Sustainable Forest Management in Adigeni Municipality" is implemented with the financial support of the Government of Slovenia. For the past two years, foresters have carried out inventory works in Lagodekhi, Akhmeta, Dedoplistskaro, and Sighnaghi. The Agency will continue its activities in this direction in 2021 as well."It is important that the number of people wishing to retrain is growing every year. A new stream of forest-taxators will carry out inventory work in Adigeni Municipality this time. Hiring forestry specialists, as in previous years, is one of the priorities of the Agency. The development of the sector depends on them,” - said Archil Nikoleishvili, the Head of the National Forestry Agency.Forest inventory is the basis for sustainable forest management and planning of all types of forestry activities. Its audit period is 10 years, however, the most recent forest inventory materials in the country are dated by 1997. Unfortunately, there are not enough qualified forestry specialists (so-called taxators) to carry out field and forest management plan preparation work in the country today. Accordingly, the National Forestry Agency also supports forest education.The National Forestry Agency has been able to restore the forest inventory process since 2013. To date, information on the quantitative and qualitative indicators of forests has been updated for the 232,316 hectares under the management of the Agency, and forest management plans have been prepared for the next 10 years.

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The Ministry calls on the citizens to be careful about the increase of air temperature

Summer is a particularly dangerous period due to high air temperatures. The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture calls on the population to follow the safety rules in the forest and to obey the prohibitions that apply to picnic and bonfire areas. According to statistics, the main cause of forest fires is human negligence, which can lead to disastrous consequences.In fire-prone areas that are particularly visited during the tourist season, the National Forestry Agency has placed information-warning signs across the country. Fires are prohibited in the state forest area under tree crowns, in coniferous growing forests, in places of old fires, in damaged forest areas (windfall areas), in logging plots, in peaty and dry areas. It is allowed to light a bonfire in the rest of the forest fund in case of pre-arrangement of the firing platform. Pre-arrangement of the platform involves cleaning the flammable materials (hay, dried grass, leaves, spruce) within a radius of 1.5 m from the fire hearth.According to the Code of Administrative Offenses of Georgia, violation of fire safety requirements in forests, resulting in forest fires or their spread in a certain area, as well as deforestation or damage as a result of arson or negligent treatment of fire - will result in a fine of 100 to 200 GEL. In the case of negligent forest fires, the law provides for imprisonment for four to eight years.

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