The European Union (EU) funded “European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) East Countries Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) II Program” (the “Program”) is aimed to support the participating countries strengthen forest governance through enhancing their forest policy, legislation and institutional arrangements, and implementing sustainable forest management models on a pilot basis. The Program will be implemented in seven countries of the EU’s European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) East region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation.
The Program builds on initiatives undertaken under the first EU funded FLEG Program. It started in 2013 and will be carried out till December 31, 2016. The Program is supported by the European Commission contributing to a single-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank (WB). Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) provides additional funds supporting Program activities in Armenia and Georgia. Implementation of the Program is led by the WB, working in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The Program has three Development Objectives (PDO):
- To make progress implementing the 2005 St. Petersburg FLEG Ministerial Declaration in the participating countries and support the participating countries commit to a time-bound action plan to ensure its implementation and follow-up activities (regional level).
- To review or revise (or establish a time-bound action plan to review or revise) forest sector policies and legal and administrative structures; improve knowledge of and support for sustainable forest management and good forest governance (including the impact of related EU regulations) in the participating countries (national level).
- To test and demonstrate best practices for sustainable forest management and the feasibility of improved forest governance practices at the field-level on a pilot basis in all participating countries (sub-national level).
The Program in Armenia deals with a number of issues according to the objectives above. In particular, it will mainly be focused on the works supporting legal and institutional review and reforms, building human resource capacity to address FLEG issues, public awareness and public monitoring of the forests, strengthening sustainable forest management through activities with model forest units such as forest protected areas and activities on sustainable use of forest resources with involvement of adjacent communities as well as improving the FLEG planning and monitoring at the national, regional (local) and international levels.
Project expected deliverables (WWF-Armenia activities)
- Strengthened forest protected areas (PA) in Armenia for sustainable management of forest natural resources
- TEEB scoping study for the forestry sector of Armenia implemented
- The concept of High Conservation Value Forests is promoted for sustainable forest management
- Communications and awareness raising activities implemented for various target groups regarding the importance of sustainable forest management
- Alternative livelihoods activities implemented with the aim of sustainable forest use, including support to development and implementation of forest-based tourism and other projects in selected communities