This three-year project aims to support country-level implementation of the policy commitments of the 2005 St. Petersburg Ministerial Declaration on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in Europe and North Asia. Funded by the European Commission’s European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, this project will promote the development of improved forest law enforcement and governance arrangements in seven targeted countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
Three different stakeholder groups will be targeted by the project: government (line departments, parliamentarians, local authorities and the judiciary); civil society (NGOs, community organizations and forest-dependent communities); and the private sector (particularly timber companies).
The project will
- define the policy, legal, institutional and economic obstacles to improved forest governance (including the control of illegal logging);
- test pilot innovative approaches to overcoming these obstacles;
- enhance the capacity of key stakeholders to implement forest governance reforms;
- and disseminate the lessons learned at national, regional and global levels.
The project’s specific objective is to contribute to legal and sustainable forest management and utilization practices and improved local livelihoods in the six ENPI East countries plus Russia.
- Increased awareness and commitment of key stakeholders on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance
- Effective national and regional FLEG action processes in place
- National ownership and capacity increased
- Improved regional and sub-regional collaboration and knowledge sharing
- Effective engagement of key trading partners
- Continuation of the formal official Europe and North Asia FLEG process
- Sustainable forest management practices implemented