ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTION NO. 2000/23

UNMIK/DIR/2000/23

21 September 2000

 

 

IMPLEMENTING UNMIK REGULATION NO. 2000/27 ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General,

 

Pursuant to the authority given to him under section 5 of United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) Regulation No. 2000/27 of 28 April 2000 on the Establishment of the Administrative Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development,

 

Taking into account sections 2 and 3 of UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/27,

 

For the purpose of establishing the Kosovo Forest Authority, 

 

Hereby promulgates the following:

 

 

Section 1

Kosovo Forest Authority

 

The Kosovo Forest Authority (hereinafter “the Authority”) is hereby established.

 

1.2       The Authority, acting under the authority of the Administrative Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (hereinafter “the Department”), shall be responsible for matters relating to the administration of forests and forest lands in Kosovo, including forest management, the utilization of forest resources such as wood and non-wood forest products, sand, gravel and stone, and the conservation of flora and fauna.

 

 

Section 2

Functions

 

2.1       The Authority may make recommendations through the Co-Heads of the Department to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration concerning, inter alia:

 

(a)    Formulation of the strategy for the administration of forests and forest lands and, in coordination with the Administrative Department of Environmental Protection, the conservation of flora and fauna in forests and forest lands; and

 

(b)   Development of a regulatory framework for the administration of forests and forest lands and, in coordination with the Administrative Department of Environmental Protection, the conservation of flora and fauna in forests and forest lands.

 

2.2       The Authority shall:

 

(a)    Implement, under the direction of the Co-Heads of the Department, regulations and administrative directions relating to the administration of forests and forest lands;

 

(b)    Administer public forests and forest lands, including forest management and the utilization of forest resources such as wood and non-wood forest products, sand, gravel and stone;

 

(c)    Develop forest management plans for public forests and forest lands;

 

(d)    Review license applications and, where appropriate, issue licenses to harvest wood and non-wood forest products, and to extract sand, gravel and stone in public forests and forest lands, in accordance with procedures that shall be set out in a regulation;

 

(e)    Inspect public forests and forest lands to ensure compliance with the licensing requirements;

 

(f)      Oversee the administration of private forests and forest lands, including forest management and the utilization of forest resources such as wood and non-wood forest products, sand, gravel and stone;

 

(g)    Develop the requirements for forest management plans for private forests and forest lands that shall be set out in an administrative direction;

 

(h)    Review and, where appropriate, approve forest management plans for private forests and forest lands;

 

(i)      Inspect private forests and forest lands to ensure compliance with forest management plans;

 

(j)      Mark trees in public and private forests and forest lands for the purpose of harvesting wood forest products;

 

(k)    Inspect forest production transport vehicles and the processing facilities of primary wood and non-wood forest products to ensure compliance with requirements that shall be set out in an administrative direction;

 

(l)      Develop and implement programs for the protection of forests and forest lands against fires, pests and disease;

 

(m)  Develop and implement, in coordination with the Administrative Department of Environmental Protection, programs for the conservation of flora and fauna in forests and forest lands; and

 

(n)    Establish an information system in order to manage and maintain data and other information relating to forest production, products, marketing, trade and consumption.

 

 

Section 3

Guiding Principles

 

In making and implementing decisions in relation to any of the functions set out in section 2 above, the Authority shall take into consideration the statement of principles for a global consensus on the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests set forth in Annex III to the Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 3-14, June 1992), including inter alia the following principles:

 

(a)     

 

(b)   Conservation of biological diversity;

 

(c)    The principle of intergenerational equity; and

 

(d)   Ecologically sustainable development.

 

 

Section 4

Staffing, Organization and Administration of the Authority

 

4.1       The Head of the Authority shall be appointed to manage the Authority and the Authority shall be staffed and organized in accordance with section 3 of UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/27.

 

4.2       The Authority shall be comprised of:

 

(a)    The Division of Forestry located in Prishtinė/Pristina;

 

(b)   The Division of Forestry regional offices located in Prishtinė/Pristina; Pejė/Pec; Mitrovicė/Mitrovica; Prizren; and Gjilan/Gnjilanė; and the Division of Forestry regional sub-office located in Ferizaj/Urosevac;

 

(c)    The Forest Research Institute located in Pejė/Pec; and

 

(d)   The Wildlife Management Office located in Prishtinė/Pristina.

 

Section 5

Entry into Force

 

The present administrative direction shall enter into force on 21 September 2000.

 

 

 

Bernard Kouchner

Special Representative of the Secretary-General