SBP has today opened a public consultation on extending the validity of the Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) for Lithuania. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments.
In accordance with the SBP Regional Risk Assessment Procedure, SBP-endorsed RRAs remain valid for a period of five years from the approval date. The RRA for Lithuania was first published on 15 June 2016 and consequently its validity will expire on 14 June 2021.
SBP is seeking stakeholder feedback on the proposal to extend the validity of the existing SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) for Lithuania to coincide with the end of the transition period for the revised SBP Standards (v2).
Once the revised Standards are published there will be a transition period allowing time for Certificate Holders to comply with the revised requirements. From the end of that transition period it will be mandatory for all Certificate Holders to comply with the revised requirements. The RRAs will require updating in line with the revised Standards and that will be undertaken in a timely fashion within the same transition period, such that complying with the requirements of the updated RRAs will also be mandatory from the end of the transition period.
SBP has consulted with Preferred by Nature (formerly NEPCon), the Working Body responsible for developing the current RRA for Lithuania, on the proposal to extend its validity. On the basis that there have been no major changes in relevant legislation and/or forestry practices, and that there is no additional information to suggest otherwise, Preferred by Nature has recommended that no changes are made to the risk designations in the current RRA.
The consultation draft may be viewed at: https://sbp-cert.org/documents/consultation-documents/live-consultations/risk-extending-lithuania/. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments to email@example.com by the close of business on Friday, 19 February 2021.