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FLEG: an evolving partnership

The Forest Law Enforcement and Governance trust fund was established at the World Bank in 2004 to support regional FLEG Ministerial processes. In partnership with donor agencies, governments, NGOs and industry, the Bank had taken a lead in facilitating regional Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) initiatives, beginning first in 2001 with the East Asia and Pacific initiative, then moving on to Africa and Europe and North Asia. The establishment of the FLEG partnership at the Bank formalized the Bank's leadership role in these initiatives.

In 2009, this FLEG trust fund, backed by the European Union, and PROFOR, also housed at the World Bank, decided to align their support in the interest of coordination and cost effectiveness. While some research and technical assistance activities are still receiving EU FLEG support this year, they will be fully integrated into PROFOR's governance portfolio by the end of calendar year 2010.

With ministerial processes well under way, most of the focus has now shifted toward translating regional political commitment into projects and reforms at the regional and country levels. One such example is the ENPI FLEG program, funded by the European Union, which aims to support country level work and regional cooperation in the European Neighbourhood Policy Initiative East Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), and Russia following up on the St Petersburg Declaration. The World Bank is the lead implementing organization in partnership with IUCN and WWF.

Last updated: 2010-08-24

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