The first e-Certificate on the origin of wood was issued

The first e-Certificate about the origin of wood was generated on the Single ecological platform EcoSystem. This innovation is another step in the comprehensive reform of the forest sector of Ukraine, which the BRDO team has been working on for the past 7 years.

How to get a Certificate of origin of wood online?

Now, in order to obtain the Certificate and confirm the legality of the wood, the business does not need to physically submit an application and documents for registration, and then pick up the Certificate in paper form.

To obtain an e-Certificate, the applicant must:

  • Complete identification and authentication using an electronic signature on the EcoSystem platform
  • Send an application together with copies of relevant documents;
  • Get the Certificate in electronic form.

Step-by-step instructions:

Why is this important?

The electronic service was implemented in accordance with the resolution of the CMU No. 483 “On the implementation of an experimental project on the issuance of a special permit for the special use of forest resources (logging ticket) and a certificate of origin of timber and lumber made from them in electronic form.” The goal of the reform is to introduce transparent and effective management mechanisms in this area.

To remind, in 2017, the team of the “Agriculture” sector of BRDO published a green paper “Regulation of the wood market”, which highlights the key problems of the industry and ways to solve them. In 2 years, the implementation of the proposals outlined in the BRDO study began.

The government introduced electronic accounting of wood, which was the first step to prevent illegal felling and illegal wood circulation ▶️

Next, the state introduced the sale of raw wood at electronic auctions, which created a transparent, convenient and affordable mechanism for the circulation of wood on the market ▶️

Digitisation of the issuance of permit documents is the next step in the comprehensive reform of the forest industry. However, it is far from the last.

BRDO experts worked on the digitalisation of these services together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine and the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine as part of the USAID/UKaid TAPAS Project/Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services.