If the world is to confront the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change while meeting the demands of a rapidly-growing global population, it is vital that we find the balance between conserving and regenerating forest areas with economic growth for poverty reduction. This is what the World Bank’s work on forests aims to achieve.
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A contest with an impactOverall this year, contest participants were keen to write about re-distribution of forest ownership, a moratorium on exports of round wood and the ensuing debate, corruption i... Show More +n the forest sector, and forest management reforms.Ostap Yednak, a member of the Ukrainian parliament who also serves on the FLEG II national advisory committee, says that the contest is an important annual activity within the program. "It shows that the Ukrainian forest sector still remains a rather opaque business, which takes very seriously guarding its sometimes rather unattractive secrets."But the contest’s participants also help – they are shedding light on how the forest industry works, so it is worth running the contest in the future, say the organizers.The good news is that FLEG II management has planned for this contest in its 2015-16 Action Plan.About the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance ProgramAs part of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument East Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia), the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Program (FLEG), the World Bank and the European Union have been working together to help forestry experts and those responsible in government forestry agencies to design and implement much-needed reforms, based on the sustainable use of forest resources.This initiative is funded by the EU and implemented by the World Bank in partnership with the international NGOs – International Union for Conservation of Nature and World Wide Fund for Nature.Among other activities, the FLEG Program helps participating countries to develop forest policy and plans in the seven countries, including Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. As part of the project, joint detailed plans for reforming sustainable forest sectors have been developed with the help of local and international experts, NGOs, academia, the private sector and governments. Show Less -
Along with providing specific support needed by individual countries, FLEG II Program also supports activities jointly implemented in all seven beneficiary countries or in several of them – depending ... Show More +on common interests and priorities. Georgia and its neighboring Armenia have held two round table discussions hosted by each of these countries to share experience and agree on the modality of future cooperation.The second phase of the event took place on 8-9 June, 2015, and was hosted by the National Forestry Agency of Georgia. Mr. Tornike Gvazava, Head of the National Forestry Agency of Georgia (NFA), highlighted the importance of support to the two countries in building partnership and developing synergy for improved forest management provided under the ENPI FLEG II Program. Show Less -