Forest Law Enforcement and Governance– FLEG II

Deepens reforms in forestry policy, and legal and administrative matters in the sector, as well as carrying out pilot projects, and addressing forest fire and climate issues

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine

Timeframe: 2012-2016

Budget: €9 million


The project aims to contribute to sustainable forest governance, management and protection in the ENPI East countries, ensuring the contribution of the region's forests to climate change adaptation and mitigation, to ecosystems and biodiversity protection, and to sustainable livelihoods and income sources for local populations
and national economies.
The project aims to implement the 2005 St. Petersburg FLEG Ministerial Declaration, to formulate and implement sustainable forest sector policies (including legal and administrative reforms for sustainable forest management and protection on a national level and sub-national level where appropriate), and to demonstrate the best sustainable forest management practices in targeted areas for further replication.
It builds upon the achievements of the ENPI FLEG I project, which concluded in 2012.
What does it do?
The first ENPI FLEG project stimulated co-operation between forest agencies, analysed the reasons for forest loss and supported tracking systems to reduce illegal logging and loss of government revenue. Thesecond phase builds on these successes by deepening reforms in sector policy, and legal and administrative matters, as well as through pilot projects, and by including forest fire and climate issues.
The project supports partner countries to develop sector policies that fight against illegal logging and associated trade, and which take into account the full social, environmental and economic value of forests, withstate-of-the-art forest sector laws and modern forest sector institutions.
The project ensuresthat national awareness, and the capacity and commitment of all involved, from administration, to private sector and civil society, is broadened to address forest governance issues and to deal with forest sector policies and related themes such as forest fires and climate change.
With regard to the demonstration of best practices in sustainable forest management, the project improves the understanding and implementation of FLEG principles by forest practitioners and other stakeholders and improves access to state-of-the-art techniques and information to improve forest law enforcement and forest governance.



Actions in brief


  • Organises meetings on issues of shared interest and annual steering committees to strengthen policy dialogue between participating countries and institutions; conducts regional studies and publications to be developed in the framework ofthe 2005 St. Petersburg Declaration;
  • Monitors implementation of the St. Petersburg Declaration in project countries via stakeholder reporting and regular updating of tracking tables about the implementation of decisions taken at the2005 St. Petersburg conference, and identifies areas whereimplementation needs more focus and support;
  • Creates a high-quality internet site in English and Russian on state of the art of forest sectorgovernance and reform;
  • Contributes to the implementation of FLEG country work plans on the basis ofpartner government requests;
  • Supports the formulation and implementation of key forest policy legal andadministrative reforms;
  • Supports the use of modern technology (e.g. timber tracking, GPS etc) through pilotactivities to help to address FLEG issues;
  • Provides capacity building, training and advice on administrative reform issues; liaises and co-operates with forest sector experts from EU member states
  • Organises activities (e.g. pilot projects and outreach activities such as seminars and publications) to demonstrate best practice in enforcing law and improving forest governance;
  • Involves local communities in policy development and in sustainable forest management, and quantifies information that is easy to use and relevant for local decision makers;
  • Provides support on forest governance techniques, remote sensing, forest staff to ensure law enforcement.

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