Regional activities

Implemented in seven countries, the ENPI FLEG Program aims to improve forest law enforcement and governance, while promoting the sustainable use of forest resources, through actions at both national and regional level.

Regional programming unites many of the national activities of the Program, ensuring consistent legal and sustainable forest management practices are adopted throughout the region, as well as promoting the exchange of best practices which plays a fundamental role in ensuring that the issues surrounding illegal logging can be more easily addressed in-country.

While illegal logging and poor governance can be a country-specific problem, it does not respect national boundaries, especially in the ENPI countries where illegal logging, corruption and a weak rule of law ensure that the problems spill across poorly secured borders. Coupled with the fact that markets for illegally logged wood exist throughout the wider region, if one country within the region is not governed by a strong forest code, thus weakening the rule of law and damaging the livelihoods of the local inhabitants, that country could become an easily accessible market for much of the regions illegal wood.

Regional activities therefore further enhance the national results of the Program, as well as supporting national actions.

In order to present logical and potentially long-lasting recommendations, understanding the issues from a regional point of view is required. Different problems, jurisdictions and dynamics are all at play regionally, yet they are all inter-connected simply by the fact that to ensure sustainable forest management within each of the 7 implementing countries, it requires the region as a whole to adopt this approach. Transboundary cooperation is therefore essential to the success of the ENPI FLEG Program and is a key factor in our regional activities.

The three specific Regional Program Development Objectives are to:

  • make progress implementing the 2005 St. Petersburg FLEG Ministerial Declaration in the participating countries and support the participating countries commit to a time-bound action plan to ensure its implementation and follow-up activities (regional level);
  • review or revise (or establish a time-bound action plan to review or revise) forest sector policies and legal and administrative structures; improve knowledge of and support for sustainable forest management and good forest governance (including the impact of related EU regulations) in the participating countries (national level); and,
  • test and demonstrate best practices for sustainable forest management and the feasibility of improved forest governance practices at the field-level on a pilot basis in all participating countries (sub-national level).

The Regional Programme includes:

  • strengthening the policy dialogue between participating countries and institutions regarding the 2005 St. Petersburg Declaration by organizing thematic meetings on FLEG issues of shared interest,
  • monitoring the implementation of the St. Petersburg Declaration in the participating countries through stakeholder reporting and preparation and regular up-dating of tracking tables on implementation of the declaration; identifying areas of the St. Petersburg declaration where implementation needs more focus and support,
  • conducting regional studies and developing publications in the framework of the 2005 St. Petersburg Declaration, and providing regional support to the implementation of the FLEG country work plans based on partner government requests
  • 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;
  • Public awareness and media campaigns to increase understanding of the issues and true cost and impact;
  • General knowledge and information sharing, including best practice, initiatives to combat illegal trade and alternative fuel technologies.

The FLEG II Program’s Regional Component will focus on:

  • strengthening the policy dialogue between participating countries and institutions regarding the 2005 St. Petersburg Declaration by organizing thematic meetings on FLEG issues of shared interest,
  • monitoring the implementation of the St. Petersburg Declaration in the participating countries through stakeholder reporting and preparation and regular up-dating of tracking tables on implementation of the declaration; identifying areas of the St. Petersburg declaration where implementation needs more focus and support,
  • conducting regional studies and developing publications in the framework of the 2005 St. Petersburg Declaration, and providing regional support to the implementation of the FLEG country work plans based on partner government requests,
  • developing a communications strategy prepared in accordance with the EC’s Communication and Visibility Manual, and the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy, to develop and maintain the ENPI FLEG corporate branding and ensures that relevant participants and stakeholders are provided with consistent up to date Program information,
  • contributing to communication activities to promote regional and national activities developed within the framework of 2005 St. Petersburg Declaration,
  • maintaining a high-quality Internet site in English and Russian on state of the art forest sector governance and reform. Country work Programs may also have their own, national and local communication activities, and
  • regional coordination of the program through annual meetings of the ENPI FLEG focal points, donors and implementing organizations.

        

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