TITAN GROUP SUPPORTS INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE THE REGIONAL FORESTRY LEGISLATION
A retreat of the regional parliament delegates took place in Vinogradovskiy district. The meeting was devoted to introduction of amendments to the regional law “On implementation of power in the forestry relations by the state authorities of Arkhangelsk region”.
At the session chaired by the head of Arkhangelsk region government Alexey Alsufiev the delegates addressed issues of the forest fund usage of the region, provision of the population with firewood and interaction of large companies of the forestry industry complex with the municipalities and small business.
A draft law, initiated by the deputy chairperson of the regional Assembly of delegates Alexander Dyatlov and the regional prosecutor’s office aimed at removal of the article 18 from the regional law, became one of the main issues on the meeting agenda. The said article envisages exceptional cases of logging in the territory of Arkhangelsk region.
The draft law developers indicated multiple violations when using the forest fund under the pretext of exceptional cases and its misuse as main arguments.
According to the regional ministry of natural resources and the forestry industry complex, the total volume of the projected cutting area for the short-term use area in the region allocated for the state and municipal needs, the needs of small and medium size business, the population, makes 2.8 million m3.
About nine hundred thousand cubic meters out of those are provided against requisitions from the municipalities in compliance with the article 18 of the regional law “On implementation of power in the forestry relations by the state authorities of Arkhangelsk region” in so-called exceptional cases. Mainly it goes about firewood provision to the heat supply organizations and the population. However, in reality according to a representative of the regional forestry ministry, a part of the indicated resources does not reach the final consumer.
Some forest operators state that it is not profitable to supply firewood at the standing tariffs; however, they do not provide documents accounting for these additional expenses.
In the end, the main objective, the article 18 was introduced to the regional law for (provision of firewood stable deliveries of an appropriate quality at an economically grounded price to the population and the heat supply organizations) is not achieved.
In accordance with the decision of the meeting, which took place in Dvinskoy Bereznik, the heads of the municipalities were recommended to determine real needs of the territories in firewood and present this information to the regional forestry ministry until November 1, 2019. Thus, the total volume obtained is to be handed over at disposal of the regional government by introduction of amendments to the regional law.
The government will sign long-term agreements with forest operators, who will commit themselves to provide firewood to consumers in the municipal districts. The kind of organizations and the mechanism are yet to be defined by participants of the working group established at the regional forestry ministry.
In compliance with the agreements achieved during the meeting, the working group will include the heads of the municipal entities, the representatives of the specialized committees of Arkhangelsk regional Assembly of delegates, the regional agency on tariffs and prices, Association of small and medium size business as well as the companies of the forestry industry complex working in the municipal territory.
According to General Director of Titan Group Alexey Kudryavtsev, the holding has some quite successful experience of interaction with municipal entities as far as provision of population with firewood is concerned. “Annually Titan allocates about 70 thousand m3 of the total harvested volume of pulpwood for these purposes, - the holding head indicated. – Besides, we sell firewood at minimal prices in remote settlements of the region in the area of our logging companies’ presence”.
He also stressed that interrelations among the forest industry companies, representatives of small, medium size business and municipalities regarding the plans to provide the population and heat supplying organizations with firewood demanded formalization in view of the changing federal legislation and in this respect the alteration of the regional law “On implementation of power in the forestry relations by the state authorities of Arkhangelsk region” in part of removal of the article 18 is an extremely necessary measure.