Date: 6 months ago   Category: Financial

The British will help Ukraine to fight against corruption in forestry


Authors of a sensational research about illegal export of the Ukrainian wood were invited to participate in development of strategy for fight against corruption in forestry. Representatives of the British non-governmental organization of Earthsight which studies problems of illegal deforestation around the world, plan to visit Ukraine and to take part in development of strategy for fight against corruption in forestry. Sam Lawson, the director of Earthsight told about it in an interview to Ukrinform. According to him, received the relevant proposal of Earthsight from the minister of ecology and the Ukrainian legislators. "We plan to visit Ukraine to present these ideas", - Lawson told. It is known that in July Earthsight published results of large-scale investigation of import of the Ukrainian wood to EU countries through false firms behind which there were giant companies of the industry. "Earlier many other countries, especially in tropics, were a subject of researches, and ours, and, in particular Greenpeace, however still nobody focused the attention to Ukraine", - Lawson told. According to data of a research, from Ukraine to Europe gets much more wood, than from tropics. According to Lawson, Earthsight began to investigate a situation in the country at the beginning of 2016. "The companies specified in our research are and there are those who lobby removal of the moratorium on export of round timber in the EU", - the director of the organization says. By results of the research Earthsight received positive reaction from the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, but forestry specialists apprehended activity of the organization negatively. "Concerning a position of forestry specialists - that it disappointed. The state agency of forestry in Ukraine made some public statements about our organization which are false. We receive financing from charitable and public organizations. Us nobody else does not finance! And concerning a position of forestry specialists, naturally, that when you expose corruption of such level, such reaction and should be expected. But, eventually and, we did not expect that in Ukraine it will cause so strong reaction. And in general, one may say, that reaction to our work was positive", - it specified. It should be noted that a number of the Ukrainian media joined investigation of the British. In their publications charges to the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko who does not give the course to investigation of cases of smuggling of the wood sounded. As is well-known Goslesagentstvo of Ukraine the former colleague Lutsenko Vladimir Bondar heads. "One of serious problems in Ukraine is that... that there are already investigations of large-scale corruption in these parts. A problem with such investigations - that they last already 2, 3, and in case of Mr. Sivets (the chief forest warden at Yanukovych - an edition) - 4 years. Therefore we would like that we initiated new investigations, however most of all disturbs us that investigation already go and last too long, without bringing results", - Lawson told. According to Goslesage

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