Georgia, Tbilisi , October 17/ Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The European Union has allocated nine million euros to seven post-Soviet countries for the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance program by 2016, the World Bank reported.
Forest Law Enforcement and Governance program (FLEG II) of European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI ) is funded by the European Union since October 2013. Overall budget of the second phase ( 2013-2016 ) is nine million euro. The program is implemented by the World Bank in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in seven countries - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine," a statement said.
The second phase of activities will cover such areas as improving forest law enforcement, the effectiveness of forest management, forest fire fighting and prevention of their occurrence, illegal logging, expansion and maintenance of the rights of local people to get access to forest resources and forest information.
The FLEG program (Forest Law Enforcement and Governance) of the eastern direction of the European Neighbourhood Policy has been funded by the European Commission since 2007 and is implemented by the World Bank in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF ) .
The second phase of the FLEG II is aimed at developing and supporting initiatives launched during the first phase of the FLEG I (2008-2012). The main goals are aimed at promoting sustainable forest governance and management, as well as ensuring a balanced protection of forests by the state taking into account environmental, economic and social factors of the regions.