Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG)

Supports governments of participating countries, civil society and the private sector in the development of sound and sustainable forest management practices, including the prevention of illegal forestry activities

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine

Timeframe: 2008-2011

Budget: € 6 million


It aims to tackle the growing problem of illegal forest activities in the Partner Countries by promoting legal and sustainable forest management and utilisation practices and seeks to strengthen the rule of law and to enhance local livelihoods.
The European Commission grant has been provided to the World Bank through a multi-donor trust fund. The project's implementing partners are the World Bank, the IUCN (World Conservation Union) and the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), ensuring that the public and private sectors as well as civil society are consistently included in the project's activities.
What does it do?
The FLEG project supports the participating countries to put in place improved forest governance arrangements through the effective implementation of the main priorities set out in the St Petersburg Ministerial Declaration on the Europe and Northern Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance process (ENA FLEG). These priorities relate to the strengthening and reform of the institutions responsible for forest management, reviewing and updating the policy, legal and institutional frameworks as well as increasing the countries' capacity to enforce existing laws and policies.
Activities cover the development of national action plans, capacity building and training, awareness raising, assistance in enhancing regional and sub-regional collaboration and support to the implementation of the priority actions on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance. The project will additionally carry out analytical work on illegal forest activities, and government responses to such crime, as well as monitoring of related developments.

Actions in brief

  • Forms country teams charged with project implementation and National Focal Points appointed by the governments.
  • Develops national action plans and work plans and holds information sessions and workshops.
  • Facilitates capacity building, training, and awareness raising.
  • Supports the enhancement of regional and sub-regional collaboration.
  • Carries out analysis on illegal forest activities and government responses, and monitors related developments.
  • Promote the inclusion of the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, in activities.

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