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26.07.2012 21:38
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“Civil liability for illegal logging: issues of application and ways for improvement”

Illegal cutting in water protected zone in Kharkivska oblast. Photo by Valeriy Lovchinovskiy

A research study called “Civil liability for illegal logging: issues of application and ways for improvement” has been conducted under the framework of the ENPI FLEG Program in Ukraine.

The analysis focuses on features and types of ecological offences, in particular illegal logging, from the perspective of civil and forest law. It also looks into current practices of financial penalties for forest violations.

The practical application of Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers’ Resolution No 665 of July 23, 2008 for dealing with illegal logging has been studied in detail. The Resolution’s main flaws and gaps have been demonstrated with the help of case studies. The analysis also contains a brief description of the types of civil liability which may be used by foresters in their everyday practice.

The research will be useful for the state forest guards, environmental inspectors, law enforcement personnel, judges, scientists, journalists and environmental NGO activists.