Europe Day in Georgia: WWF promotes the importance of FSC
FLEG II is the Forestry Law Enforcement and Governance Program funded by the EU to improve forestry for the benefit of the people and environment. It is implemented in 7 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine by the World Bank (WB), the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Public engagement is vital for achieving FLEG II goals: supporting good forest governance, sustainable forest management and forest protection.
FLEG II country team members from World Bank, IUCN and WWF held presentations about the program, its achievements and future plans during the EU day celebration at Akelsandre Park. Tbilisi Green School Children presented performance about environmental problems and forest protection.
“Today I and my friends understood that it is better to buy pencils, papers and wood with FSC logo products. Now I know that with this choice I will help our forest and environment” – Irakli Kasradze, 12 year-old schoolboy from Tbilisi Green School.
Together with Street theater some interactive, educational and entertainment activities for kids were held: eco-lesson, some funny games and face paintings, quiz and discussion with children. There were short films about forest displayed in the tent. There were project related visibility materials and branded accessories, exhibited which were given to the interested visitors.
“FLEG II is supporting forest certification process in Georgia, we have recently completed the survey to access the voluntary forest certification potential and we will take further steps to promote FSC certification.” Said Ana Tsintsadze, Communication Coordinator for FLEG II from WWF.
The Europe Day is celebrated every year in the EU member and aspirant countries. Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Davit Bakradze and Head of EU Delegation to Georgia Janos Herman have opened a Day of Europe celebration ceremony in the Alexandre Park.
Potential benefits of FSC certification are:
- Substantial improvement of the forest management.
- Better protection of the rights of local communities in terms of forest management.
- Better conservation of biodiversity and vulnerable natural ecosystems.
- Increased potential to enter new markets (EU, USA, etc.) and maintain existing ones.