The work of the subgroup is targeted at creating joint approaches in solving problems of sustainable forest management including counteracting illegal logging in the EU countries and Russia.
The Sixth experts meeting took place in Brussels on November 7, 2011. It gathered representatives of the EU, Russian Federal Forestry agency (RFFA) and ENPI FLEG program Implementing organizations in Russia.
Currently the European Union is taking active measures on preventing illegal logging and timber turnover. The EU FLEGT plan was especially designed to address this issue. The important step in this process became adopting in 2010 the new EU Timber regulation 995/2010 enforcing all companies providing timber to the European market to present proof of its legal origin.
Concrete steps in this area are taken in Russia as well. For example in the framework of the ENPI FLEG program. The report of the Russian Program Coordination Team on the ENPI FLEG results raised large interest among the meeting participants. It was marked that cooperation of the World Bank, WWF and IUCN within ENPI FLEG helped to achieve additional synergistic effect and results sustainability.
The RFFA’a Deputy Head Mr. Alexander Panfilov who is also the ENPI-FLEG NPAC Russia Chairmar underlined that in the framework of the ENPI FLEG Program with its limited resources significant results were achieved. It was interesting to trace the emerging synergy from cooperation between governmental authorities and NGOs. The geographic coverage of the Program turned to be surprisingly wide and its experience and outputs could be used in the increasingly larger number of the Russian regions.
The discussion at the meeting outlined the lack of information about new EU and US legal initiatives in the sphere of illegal logging and timber turnover counteraction among ENPI countries forest sector. This gap can be effectively filled with the ENPI FLEG information materials and other products. There is a clear public demand in more of such products.
The experts also recognized the necessity to deeper coordinate national actions with actions at the ENA sub-regional and regional levels, especially in the area of timber turnover.
The ENPI FLEG Program “Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the European Neighbourhood Policy East Countries and Russia” supports governments, civil society, and the private sector in participating countries in the development of sound and sustainable forest management practices, including reducing the incidence of illegal forestry activities. Participating countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. This program is funded by the European Union.
The major priority areas for ENPI-FLEG program in Russia defined by the project implementing partner organizations - the World Bank, WWF and IUCN and approved by the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) are the following:
Increasing efficiency of the extremely complicated system of the forest legislation;
Increasing transparency of the forest logging, processing and trade chains;
Improving coordination between governmental agencies responsible for forest governance;
Support of rural livelihoods located in forests and securing their rights for access to forest timber and non-timber products;
Safeguarding access of citizens and other stakeholders to information about forest management and timber trade.
The priority is given to the activities which can provide immediate results to relief current tensions in the forestry sphere and provide practical tools for the forest law enforcement and governance.
ENPI FLEG Program Partners
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