The head of the Forest Management Department at Khabarovsk Krai Government Mr. V.Boltushko, as well as other participants in the meeting, highly evaluated the usefulness of the work accomplished by the World Bank team. Following the results of the presentation and training, a decision was passed to conduct such assessments in all forest districts/ranges before the beginning of the fire hazardous season of 2012 and use the outcomes of these assessments for working out guidelines on specific forest prevention measures.
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
The European Union is the world's largest donor of official development assistance. EuropeAid Development and Cooperation, a Directorate General of the European Commission, is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. EuropeAid delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness. An active and proactive player in the development field, we promote good governance, human and economic development and tackle universal issues, such as fighting hunger and preserving natural resources.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,000 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN's work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.
WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with almost 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.