Regional forest policy processes
African Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (AFLEG)
IUCN facilitated inputs from African non-governmental organisations in the AFLEG process. This strengthened civil society's capacity to influence forest policy dialogues at the regional and national level. The Africa Ministerial Conference on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in April 2003 was an important opportunity to enhance African governments' commitment to better governance of forests and to develop an action plan that has the buy-in from civil society.
For more information on AFLEG, click here.
Europe and North Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (ENA-FLEG)
At the Ministerial Conference on ENA Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (ENA FLEG), held in St Petersburg from 22-25 November 2005, countries agreed on a Ministerial Declaration and endorsed an Indicative List of Actions, which provides a framework for implementation of the St. Petersburg Declaration.
Within the ENA FLEG region, Ministers committed to combat illegal logging and associated trade and corruption through a range of measures including formulating concrete actions under clearly defined targets, engaging stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of forest laws and policies, and recognizing the rights of forest dependent communities. Those actions could be embodied in national plans of actions, according to the agreed Indicative List of Actions. Internationally, Ministers declared their intention to strengthen cooperation on monitoring of trade in timber and timber products, building partnerships with the private sector and civil society, strengthening transboundary control of illegal logging and associated trade, among other actions.
IUCN experiences and lessons learned highlight that a clearly recognized and well-resourced multi-stakeholder follow up process is essential to maintain the momentum created by the Ministerial Conference and translate it into specific policy and field action. IUCN looks forward to working with the International Steering Committee and the World Bank (charged by the Ministers with facilitating implementation) to make this happen.
Download IUCN's publication on civil society participation:
The beginning of the ENA FLEG [European and Northern Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance] process in Russia.
For more information on ENA-FLEG, click here.
Secretariat for the nine-country Conference of Central African Moist Forest Ecosystems (CEFDHAC)
This project provides support and promotes dialogue among concerned stakeholders involved in the sustainable management of the moist forest ecosystems of Africa. It provides a platform for sub-regional and national dialogue, as well as specialized networks. Themes focus on good governance in management of resources, peace and security as concerns the management of Central African forest ecosystems and environmental preservation and biodiversity.