In the state Duma a bill on the tenders for the lease of forest land

В Госдуму внесен законопроект о конкурсах на аренду лесных участков

Prepared by the Ministry of natural resources a bill to improve the procedure of bidding for the right to conclude lease contracts of forest plots for timber harvesting is introduced in the state Duma, reported Tuesday on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Currently, the law provides for the bidding to sell the right to conclude lease contracts of forest plots in state or municipal ownership only in the form of auctions. Winners of such auctions are sometimes persons engaged in the sale of forests, not harvesting and processing of timber. This practice, according to the government, impedes the effective development of the forest complex.

“The bill proposes to amend the Forest code, under which persons with ownership or on another legal basis, objects of wood processing infrastructure, not backed by wood, is entitled to initiate a competition for the right to conclude the lease contract of a forest plot”, — is spoken in the message.

It is noted that the legislative introduction of competition as an alternative form of bidding caused by the need to provide forest plots for timber harvesting is primarily woodworking enterprises engaged in deep processing.

“The development of enterprises of complex processing of wood resources will increase the output of products with high added value and to increase the efficiency of use of leased forest areas”, — said the Minister.