Experts from EU Member States deliberated in Latvia on forest reproduction material

On June 2 to June 3, during the Latvian Presidency of EU Council, the EU experts working group meeting on forest reproductive material was held at the Ministry of Agriculture. According to the agenda, suggested by the European Commission, the meeting talked over topical issues and proposals for regulation on growing, use and control of trade regarding the forest reproductive material. 


Experts discussed issues about the equivalence of the forest reproductive material in imports from the third countries and shared the information on current forest pests and diseases, they also received topical news on Forest scheme by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in relation with forest reproductive material. Experts discussed the course of improvement process of judicial environment and Europe Forest strategy.


Nevertheless the greatest amount of time is dedicated for the already developed forest reproductive material extraction source electronic register where every member-state can add in its territory registered forest reproductive material extraction sources to joint EU catalogue. Currently program works in the testing regime, and during the meeting there were analysed first of the records in joint catalogue by member-states specialists.


The development of joint catalogue has requested the most time, thoughts and efforts, admitted the head of the meeting Diana Charels. She expressed satisfaction with opportunity to evaluate the first results of the joint catalogue. 


Latvian forestry experts acquainted participants of the meeting with Latvia’s forestry sector in terms of facts and figures, control on forest reproductive material in the country and the latest research in forest breeding.


During the meeting, experts visited Strenči tree nursery belonging to the company “Sēklas un stādi” that is a structural unit of the joint stock company “Latvijas valsts meži” where the state-of-art technologies are applied to growing of seedling trees, and also got acquainted with a historical Vijciems cone dryer and the plantation, where tree seeds are harvested.


For media contacts:
Kristīne Rīna, Head of the Minister’s Office, 
Ministry of Agriculture
Mobile: +371 26547332
Telephone: +371 67027665


Rūta Rudzīte, Public Relations’ Officer 
Ministry of Agriculture
Telephone: +371 67027498

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