On November 24, the IUCN office for Southern Caucasus hosted an event under the FLEG program, on the inception report on the practices being conducted by forestry expert Merab Machavariani.
FLEG is an international initiative aiming at better forest law enforcement and governance. In our region the ENPI FLEG Program is being implemented by IUCN, WWF and World Bank in collaboration, and is funded by the European Commission. One of the FLEG components in Georgia includes a Study on Current Practices in the Forest Management and their comparison with the internationally acknowledged sustainable forest management standards.
The results of the inception report was the identification of 4 pilot areas, where the field work shall take place, including Akhmeta and Tianeti (Eastern Georgia) and Baghdati-Vani and Sachkhere (Western Georgia). These areas were chosen as the most relevant in accordance with the criteria for the study. The Inception report also included general information about existing forest practices and relevant documents at the national and international levels, together with the methodology to be used for their comparison.
Georgian NGOs working in the forestry field and relevant state institutions attended the presentation and made valuable comments on the inception report.
The “Study on the Current Practices of the Forest Management in Georgia” will include recommendations for the improvement of existing forest practices. A publication, on the results, practically important for stakeholders working in the forestry field will also be prepared.
For further questions and information on ENPI FLEG program in Georgia please contact Eka Otarashvili, Ekaterine.firstname.lastname@example.org