FAO GCP/KOS/005/FIN project in Kosovo publishes a series of materials on Kosovo forest health
FAO through “Support to Implementation of Forest Policy and Strategy in Kosovo” (project code GCP/KOS/005/FIN) presented on Tuesday, 17 December 2014, a series of publications on forest health to a wide institutional stakeholders audience in Pristina, Kosovo.
These publications contain guidelines and basic information on addressing forest health issues in Kosovo and the entire Southeast European region. This information is of great importance for forest health protection.
The publications presented in this event are:
- - Handbook of the Major Forest Pests in Southeast Europe
- - Guide for Implementation of Phytosanitary Measures in Forestry
- - Manual for Visual Assessment of Forest Crown Condition
- - 4 posters on Main Pests of Beech, Oak, Pine and Spruce Forests in Southeast Europe; and
- - 1 poster of recent Examples of Invasive Forest Pests in Southeast Europe
These materials have been published in three languages, Albanian, Serbian and English and they address some urgent forest health issues that are present in the Southeast Europe forests.
To draft these publications, FAO GCP/KOS/005/FIN engaged international and national specialized experts of respective fields, who initially had selected the urgent issues to be addressed and then drafted the publications. One of the main objectives of these publication materials was to fulfil information gaps in the local language and at same time to increase general knowledge in the field of forest health.
On his opening speech, FAO Project Chief Technical Advisor, Mr Aleksandar Nikolovski, stated that in addition to supporting the forest sector in Kosovo as a whole, the prepared publications will serve to the forestry related staff as one of the main source for provision of information about main pests and diseases that might appear in Kosovo forests as well as a promotion material for education of the public on the best international practices and protection of forest health in Kosovo and Southeast Europe.
The representatives of forestry institutions complimented the work done by FAO project and expressed a high gratitude for having very valuable manuals for protection of forest health. They expect that these materials will serve as a toolkit for forestry staff in their daily operations, which in turn lead to improved overall forest management in Kosovo.
“Support to Implementation of Forest Policy and Strategy in Kosovo” – GCP/KOS/005/FIN, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, aims to increase the contribution of the forestry sector to the national economy through sustainable use of forest resources, taking into account multi-purpose forestry and including economic, social and environmental benefits as well as forestry’s contribution to climate change mitigation.ters on Main Pests of Beech Forests in Southeast Europe.