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The St. Petersburg Declaration

The St. Petersburg Declaration, adopted at the November 20005 Ministerial Conference on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in Europe and North Asia (ENA), is an expression of commitment by 44 governments from the ENA region and other participating countries to take action to address illegal logging and associated forest crimes. The participating governments also identified an Indicative List of Actions for the implementation of the Declaration, which are included as an annex to the Declaration.


The Declaration differentiates between poverty driven and commercial illegal logging and addresses both in a balanced way. It underlines that combating illegal logging is a shared responsibility of both timber and timber product exporting and importing countries, requires high-level political commitment and collaboration across sectors and should engage governments, civil society and the private sector. The suggested measures at the national level range from law enforcement and combating corruption in the forest sector to engagement of stakeholders in the formulation of forest policies and legislation. Broader measures to address the underlying causes of illegal logging, such as rural poverty, are also included. At the international level, the participating countries commit to strengthening national capacities in the affected countries, systematic monitoring, assessment and reporting of progress on FLEG, promoting partnerships between the private sector and civil society, and the facilitation of information sharing and transfer of technology. The Declaration also calls for the participating governments, as well as civil society and the private sector, to meet within three years to exchange experiences on implementation, and for a second Ministerial Conference within five years to assess progress made in FLEG. 


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