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Photo taken by Eka Kakabadze, Lagodekhi Protected Area, Georgia
Lagodekhi Protected Area, Georgia by Eka Kakabadze

The ENPI FLEG Program implements a range of activities to enhance regional, national, and local collaboration in support of implementation of priority actions on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG).

The activities will be carried out in all seven countries participating in the Program as well as at a regional level. Each country has developed its own work plan and defined activities to implement in their respective countries.  Even more importantly, the regional activities will be developed and implemented by the country teams working in cooperation with each other.

Key actions are targeted to:

  • Promote effective national and regional FLEG action processes;
  • Increase national ownership and capacity;
  • Improve regional and national collaboration and knowledge sharing;  
  • Promote effective engagement of key trading partners;
  • Strengthen continuation of the formal official ENA FLEG process;
  • Foster sustainable forest management practices; and 
  • Increase awareness and commitment of key stakeholders on FLEG.

To learn more about national activities in each participating country, please visit the countries’ pages.

National-level activities in each of the seven countries are managed and facilitated by the Country Program Coordination Team (PCT). The PCT members meet regularly to exchange information on program implementation challenges, solutions and share best practice knowledge and lessons learnt.

Alongside these activities, the Program also uses the context of illegal forest activities to help address governance issues associated with forest resources. Baseline analytics for long-term monitoring as well as awareness and stakeholder engagement are stressed.

Some representative examples of activities are:

  • Economic and social impact assessment of inefficient, unsustainable forest practices and illegal logging;
  • Marketing studies on the real consumption of wood products, forecasting this consumption, import-export trends, and analysis of statistical accounting methods for forest resource management. The development of recommendations to modify the methods and presentation of forest statistics;
  • Analysis of current forest legislation to identify shortcomings and loopholes, so that summary recommendations for amendments on sustainable forest management to regulatory frameworks can be made. Conducting stakeholder meetings, workshops, round-tables;
  • Public awareness and media campaigns to increase understanding of the issues and true cost and impact;
  • Improvement of education and learning opportunities for technical and professional staff.