On February 13, 2015 results of an international research “Feasibility Study for Introduction of Electronic Timber Tracking Technologies in Belarus” were presented at the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus. The research was carried out by the Russian consulting company “Forest Certification” together with experts from the Grodno State Forestry Complex and the Belarus State Technological University supported by the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) East Countries Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) II Program funded by European Union.
LEPELSKY DISTRICT, BELARUS—The success of local ecotourism enterprises around the Polistovsky Nature Reserve in Russia is spreading across the border into Belarus, and residents of both countries are seeing the benefits of exchanging ideas and building cooperation. FLEG II’s first direct "people-to-people" trans-border cooperation between Russia and Belarus is exploring the benefits of the “resource center” model of ecotourism and ways to engage local communities, businesses and public officials.
The study aims to demonstrate the potential of implementation of voluntary forest certification under FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) scheme in Georgia and to provide concrete recommendations to help achieve progress in this field.
The FLEG II Program has supported a series of trainings on the theory and practical application of the "Round Timber Regulations" for the forest practitioners of Armenia, who are on the frontier of ensuring sustainable forest management.
The Coalition agreement, which defines the country's path of development, contains forestry reform measures that were suggested by FLEG II Program.
Meeting of National Program’s Advisory Committee (NPAC) took place in the premises of the EU Delegation in Baku, Azerbaijan. Members and invited guests, including representatives of Implementing Organizations, discussed the progress of Program’s implementation, challenges and ways to improve the ongoing stance.
A survey demonstrates a level of readiness of Russian suppliers to comply with the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation
94 % of Russian companies which supply timber to EU are aware of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), but 46% do not know any details about its requirements.
Despite gas infrastructure and the availability of commercial groceries, many Eastern European communities still depend on what they can collect from forests and nature to meet a significant portion of their household needs, and even for their survival, a new study shows.
MOLDOVA—Through “Discover Your Forests” workshops this autumn, more than 100 children of 8 to 16 years from three orphanage schools in Moldova discovered the value and virtues of forests beyond just as sources of wood.
During a meeting organized by WWF on De- cember 16, 2014, Georgiy Bondaruk, FLEG II program consultant, presented a draft outline of the assessment, carried out under the FSC scheme, to the members of the Working Group of Georgia on FSC Standards, and received their comments.