FLEG II Program Supports Bilateral Cooperation and Best Practice Sharing

Forests cover about 40 percent of Georgia’s and 12 percent of Armenia’s territories. Inadequate harvesting and management practices, uncontrolled grazing, illegal logging, fires, spread of insects and diseases are key challenges faced by Georgia’s and Armenia’s forestry sector.

With FLEG II support, Georgia and Armenia have held two round table discussions hosted by each of these countries to share experience and agree on the modality of future cooperation.

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Stakeholder discussion of draft of the regional analysis of the outcomes of the TEEB scoping studies for the forestry sectors of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Key findings of the regional analysis of the outcomes of the national-level TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) scoping studies for the forestry sectors of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia were presented at a regional stakeholder meeting under FLEG II in Tbilisi, Georgia on 29 April 2015. The authors of the scoping studies, representatives of the Governmental and NGO sectors and academia from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia attended the meeting. The presenters - authors of the studies introduced major outcomes and findings of their work. This was followed by active discussions of TEEB as an international initiative promoting sustainable economies in which the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services are estimated and reflected in decision-making.

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FLEG II supports forest restoration works in Ajara region

Overgrazing is a major cause of forest degradation in Ajara region as in many other parts of Georgia. FLEG II will support forest restoration works in Ajara region. WWF-Caucasus will purchase wooden poles, barbed wire, forest restoration tools and mechanisms and transfer to the Forestry Agency of Ajara (FAA) to contribute to fencing of about 100 ha of degraded forest to protect it from cattle grazing. The actual fencing work will be conducted by the FAA by end of July – August 2015.

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