Capacity Building

Introduction

While all member States and regional economic integration organizations benefit from international cooperation through the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work, technical assistance is available to countries in Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. This work on capacity-building aims at encouraging sustainable forest management, data collection, monitoring and analysis as well as promoting the engagement of national experts from the region in activities relevant to the region.

It covers the themes encompassed in the scope of the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work, including:

  • National systems for forest monitoring and statistical reporting;
  • Forest communication strategies;
  • Mitigation of and adaptation to climate change;
  • Forest landscape restoration and the Bonn Challenge;
  • The implementation of the United Nations strategic plan for forests 2017-2030 and countries’ voluntary national contributions; and
  • The contribution of the forest sector to:
        - a green economy;
        - the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the
          achievement of forest-related SDGs;

        - the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

This Work Area also benefits from the implementation of the United Nations Development Account project on “Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia” (2016-2019).

Capacity-building activities are supported by the relevant Team of Specialists. The frequency of capacity-building workshops is largely dependent on external funding from member States.

In focus

2.5 million ha committed to the Bonn Challenge by the Caucasus and Central Asia

Over 2.5 million ha of forest landscape will be restored by countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia under the Bonn Challenge by 2030. The commitment was made by Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at the first Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge in the Caucasus and Central Asia, held on 21-22 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan.  The meeting also adopted the Astana Resolution, committing the region to go beyond 2.5 million ha, and strengthen partnerships and regional cooperation to this end.