New report details FLEG II’s independent public forest monitoring project
Beginning in 2014, the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Program (FLEG II) began combining community volunteer efforts and satellite technology to monitor illegal forest activities in Armenia. The government forest agency “Hayantar” SNCO embraced it as a way to help the agency identify illegal operations that may otherwise go undetected or unreported, and the opportunities to help protect their local forests motivated dozens of Armenians to join the effort.
Today, FLEG II released its official report on the project, which concludes “Armenia holds a substantial human potential in order to maintain and implement an independent public monitoring of forests.” The report details the work behind the project, its results and necessary next steps to ensure Armenia can utilize this potential for the maximum benefit of its forests and forest communities.
More on this project is available in the FLEG II web story Not in Our Forests.
Read the full report (PDF)