On January 13, FLEG II National Program Advisory Committee met at the World Bank Yerevan Office in Armenia. Among the issues discussed was the sustainability of FLEG II results after the Program is over.
The National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) meeting was attended by the donor representative Mr. John Barker, Deputy Head of “Hayantar” SNCO Mr. Ruben Petrosyan, Head of the Forestry department of the Ministry of Agriculture Arthur Petrosyan, as well as other members of the implementing organizations, government, NGOs, etc.
Opening remarks were made by Ms. Arusyak Alaverdyan, Senior agriculture specialist, FLEG Program coordinator from the World Bank and Mr. John Barker, International Aid/Cooperation Officer, The European Union Delegation to Armenia.
During his remarks, Mr. Barker mentioned that FLEG Program is one of his favorite programs with feasible results and no major problems.
“I am happy to see a good and effectively cooperating team, since forestry is vital for present and future generations. This Project is not only supporting the creation of laws, but also their enforcement for a better future of forests”, said Mr. Barker.
Presentations of progress in country work plan activities by each implementing organization followed. Each of them briefed NPAC members about the status of activities planned for the final year of Program implementation. As a result a number of modifications were suggested to the country workplans, which were approved later during the meeting.
At the final session of the meeting, participants discussed the sustainability of results and achievements of FLEG II. Ms. Alaverdyan suggested that NPAC (or similar entity) should continue to function after the Program is over: “Since this type of collaboration, information sharing and advisory capacity proved to be very useful, I suggest we continue and maintain the format of the committee after the completion of FLEG II, for the benefit of the forestry sector”.
Even though some of the development partners may launch new programs in the sector, where advisory board committees are mandatory, the NPAC members agreed to continue collaboration in the NPAC format regardless of any programs.