FLEG II Program is aimed to promote sustainable forest governance, management, and protection of forests in the participating countries, including Azerbaijan. The program supports forest governance through enhancing forest policy, legislation and institutional arrangements, and implementing sustainable forest management models on a pilot basis. Voluntary forest certification is one of the important components of the FLEG II Program. Certification is an internationally renowned market-based tool used for achieving sustainable forest management.
Forests of Azerbaijan have essential ecological role and socio-economic potential, which could create favorable conditions for forest certification. Opinions about potential effectiveness of implementation of forest certification in Azerbaijan vary significantly. Consequently, it is very important to conduct a study, which would reliably assess the pros and cons of implementing this market-based tool in Azerbaijan. The analysis focuses on forest certification potential under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme.