Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the European Neighborhood Policy East Countries and Russia (ENPI FLEG Program – Phase 1)

Project Description:
The ENPI FLEG program aimed at putting in place improved forest governance arrangements through the effective implementation of the main priorities set out in the St. Petersburg Ministerial Declaration and Indicative Plan of Actions for the Europe and North Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (ENA-FLEG) process. Participating countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Implementation of the Program is led by the World Bank, working in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and in close coordination with governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders of the participating countries.

Objective(s):
To support governments, civil society, and the private sector in participating countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) in the development of sound and sustainable forest management practices, including the reducing the incidence of illegal forestry activities

Project Outcomes:
1. Broadcast of a film “Forest worshippers” (produced by the WB) by public and local TV channels

2. Production of a calendar for 2011 devoted to the forest topic and the UN International Year of Forests

3. Publication of map and brochure on forests with the protected areas

4. Publication of a book on non-wood forest products of Northern Armenia

5. Assessment of 2 forest sanctuaries in the structure of “Hayantar” SNCO in terms of legal use of forest resources, proposals on improvement of management and law enforcement, capacity building for the staff to control illegal activities
• Draft charters for Gyulagarak and Ijevan-Arjatkhleni Sanctuaries
• Development of a conceptual management plan for Gyulagarak Sanctuary
• Development of GIS maps for Gyulagarak and Ijevan-Arjatkhleni Sanctuaries
• A draft governmental decision on the revision of the boundaries and approval of charters of Gyulagarak and Ijevan-Arjatkhleni Sanctuaries

6. Evaluation of the role of the private sector in sustainable use of forest wood products and recommendations on responsible use of forest by the private sector

7. Analysis of alternatives for forest use (non-wood forest products, ecotourism etc.). Analysis of private sector/local population access to wood and non-wood resources. Two pilot projects on alternative forest use by communities aimed at local livelihood improvement and sustainable use of forest resources

Pilot project in Khoghb community in Tavush Province
• A fruit-berry collection point established in Koghb community: renovated, furnished and equipped
• A business plan for the collection point
• Visitor Center established – renovated, furnished and equipped
• Tourism Program for Koghb community
• Installation of information and directional signs
• Cleaning campaign with participation of school-children
• Educational seminar for local community on environmental and ecotourism issues
• Familiarization trip for Armenian tour-operators

Pilot project in Dsegh community in Lori Province
• A business plan for ecotourism development in Dsegh
• Ecotourism infrastructure in “Tsover” Resort Area: provision of tents, sleeping-bags, bicycles and other ecotourism facilities, installation of tourist shelters, trailer for relevant staff, garbage bins, etc.
• Three B&Bs renovated, furnished, equipped
• Installation of information and directional signs
• Cleaning campaign with participation of school-children
• Educational seminar for local community on environmental and ecotourism issues
• Website for Dsegh Community: www.dsegh.am
• Familiarization trip for Armenian tour-operators

8. Capacity building in forest legislation issues through publication of a manual on forest legislation and implementation of a training
• Manual on forest legislation
• Training for capacity building in Yerevan and 6 regions of Armenia

9. Feasibility study for establishment of a forest protected area in juniper open woodlands in Tavush Region, Northern Armenia
Funding Organization(s) / Donor(s):
European Union, Austrian Development Cooperation

Implementing Organization(s):
World Bank, WWF and IUCN

Project Implementation Location:
Lori, Tavush Provinces and Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

Project Duration:
2008 – 2012

For Further Information:
Mrs. Siranush Galstyan
Project Coordinator
Tel: (+374 10) 54 61 56 (ext. 15)
E-mail: sgalstyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Mr. Gera Voskanyan
Partnership & Communications Manager
Tel: (+374 10) 54 61 56 (ext. 14)
Email: gvoskanyan@wwfcaucasus.org

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