Forests give us clean air and freshwater, help us in the fight against climate change by absorbing vast amounts of carbon, and provide us with resources we use daily like food, timber, paper and medicine.
However, this resource is threatened by unsustainable forest management, illegal logging and poor law enforcement. The European Union (EU) funded European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) East Countries Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) Programme was developed to address this challenge in the participating countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
ENPI FLEG II, the second part of the programme, aims to strengthen institutional capacity, improve legislation and develop sustainable forestry models on a pilot basis. The WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme implements activities in Moldova and Ukraine that will continue until the end of 2016.
In Moldova, we work to:
In Ukraine, we work to:
- Develop a wood monitoring system and help law enforcement agencies fight illegal activities by developing and testing a software that tracks wood from the forest to the end user;
- Enhance Modlova's educational and institutional capacity to train young school ambassadors of the country's forests by:
- Developing and publishing an educational material focusing on FLEG-specific content (sustainable forestry, professional education, decision-making) and using outdoor education methods;
- Developing a pool of local teacher-trainers with the help of the already developed curriculum. A small group of Moldovan teachers will be taught to work as trainers for target schools: forestry and ecology-focused pre-university schools;
- Helping the local teacher-trainers in turn teach school staff from target schools on the importance of forests, biodiversity, forest functions, protection, conservation, legal aspects, governance, etc.;
- Improving the technical equipment level of one target school to boost its increasing educational capacity;
- Organizing one workshop with students from selected schools, involving the teacher-trainers and trained school staff using the developed materials;
- Analyze the legislative framework for timber tracking;
- Improve the legislative framework and law enforcement practices in the hunting sector;
- Harmonize the management and inventory of natural areas in Ukraine with that of the EU.
The ENPI FLEG II Programme involves activities on a regional, national, and sub-national level that are environmentally and socially sustainable and consistent with the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment Framework (SESAF), as well as the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF). This will ensure that any potential environmental impacts are identified and mitigated..