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Collectors education and training


Brief description of the instrument and its modus operandi

By Decree on putting under control the use and trade of wild flora and fauna is prescribed that each legal person, involved in collection of NWFPs for commercial purposes, is obliged to, yearly, organise training of collectors and issue certificate

Which problem the instrument is supposed to solve?

NWFPs collection was uncontrolled, unorganised and unprofessional

Purpose or main objective / overall goal of the instrument?

To preserve biodiversity and provide sustainable collection of NWFPs

Which laws and regulations support the implement of this instrument?

Law on nature conservation and Decree on putting under control the use and trade of wild flora and fauna

The initiator/promoter of the instrument?


Which organizations are involved in the operationalization of the instrument?

Ministry responsible for the environment issues permits and controls the implementation in the field

How the monitoring is ensured?

Ministry responsible for environmental protection implements control in the field.

How the compliance is ensured?

Fines from 5,000 RSD to 50,000 RSD (around 43 to 430 EUR)

How is the overall performance of the instrument?

The idea was to ensure sustainable and professional harvesting of NWFPs. Still, many processors are not organising training, or, even if trainings were organised, collectors refuse to attend it.

Brief description of the context for the emergence of the instrument

Biodiversity sustainability was and still is affected by unprofessional harvest of NWFPs. There was urgent need for better regulation in this field

Have any of the items mentioned above changed since the instrument entered into force?



Yes, collectors must hold certificate now

What are the main reasons or drivers behind changes mentioned?

Holding of certificate is prescribed by the law

Is there any qualitative or quantitative study of the impacts of the instrument?


Full reference
Mandatory education and training for NWFPs collectors

Related to

Decree on putting under control the use and trade of wild flora and fauna (2005)

Year 2005
Policy area Agriculture and Rural Development, Biodiversity and endangered species policies
Affected activity Harvesting/Production
Affected actors Picker/harvester/hunter, Processor
Products Mushrooms/truffles, Berries, Herbs/plants
Subject NWFP
Promoter/initiator Public
Zone South East Europe
Countries Serbia
Regions (NUTS 2) Šumadija and Western Serbia
Focus on NWFP Direct
Document category Law
Instrument type Regulatory
Legal status Binding
Geographical scope National
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