Launch of a project, titled “Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia” for the period 2016-2019

The project “Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia” organized by the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section was launched in November 2016.

The objective of the new project is to strengthen the national capacity of five target countries, namely: Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in reporting on sustainable forest management and developing national criteria and indicators and accountability systems.

The regional inception workshop was held from 15-18 November 2016 in Yerevan at the Armenian office of UNDP. The three days of workshop are followed by a one day field trip to the Hrazdan Forest Enterprise of “Hayantar” SNCO, where in 2009 with the support of UN FAO a nursery with containerized seedling system was established.

The workshop brought together five countries: Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The workshop introduced the project to the country participants who are expected to support project activities in their respective countries. It introduced international criteria and indicators processes, gave examples from national criteria and indicator development in Austria, Estonia, Iran and Russia.

The workshop was a platform for countries to present their specific situations, and for exchange and interaction between all participants.

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