Sustainable Forest Management for Greener Economies in the Caucasus and Central Asia

United Nations Development Account (UNDA) 8th tranche project 2013-2015

Second regional workshop of the project in Tbilisi, Georgia, April 2015. Photograph: Elina Warsta.


This capacity building project (2013-2015) focussed to increase the potential of the forest sector in "greening" the economy in seven countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The project was funded by the United Nations Development Account (UNDA).

The project provided training and advisory services for government officials who deal with forestry, as well as other stakeholders who are influenced by forest policies and forests.

The project developed training materials on sustainable forest management in a green economy, on wood energy and on data collection (full training package in English and in Russian can be uploaded under "training material").

The project organized two regional, seven national and 28 local workshops on:

  • Forest-policy formulation
  • Bioenergy generation from wood
  • Data collection on forests and forests products.

Seven countries committed to the project: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Furthermore, a coaching programme in three pilot countries (Georgia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan) targeted to develop national action plans to improve the forest’s sector contribution to a green economy.

Project national capacity building workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, September 2014. Photograph: Elina Warsta.

Timeframe and Documents

The project was implemented between July 2013 and December 2015. It was be carried out through UNECE and FAO’s network of entities and experts in this region. The first regional conference for all seven project countries in Astana, Kazakhstan, in April 2014, initiated a series of workshops.

The national workshops in each country took place as follows:

14-16 April 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan
9-11 June 2014 - Tbilisi, Georgia
25-27 June 2014 - Dushanbe, Tajikistan
10-12 September 2014 - Yerevan, Armenia
30 September - 2 October 2014 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
21-23 October 2014 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan
23-25 September 2015 - Baku, Azerbaijan.

Photos from the national workshops are available in Flickr. In addtion, four local workshops were organized in each country and three coaching workshops in each three pilot countries to support the development of an action plan (or rreview of forest programme or strategy).

The second regional workshop brought together all project countries to share lessons learned in Tbilisi, Georgia 22-24 April 2015.

Project Document PDF
Project Brochure PDFPDF
1st Regional Workshop - 8-11 April, 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan PDFPDF
National Workshop - 14-16 April, 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan PDF
1st Coaching Seminar - 17-18 April, 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan PDF
Video produced by REC Caucasus for pilot country Georgia (in Georgian).

Training Material

Please find the training material developed for the national workshops here in English and in Russian. The training material can be used freely for organizing similar participatory trainings at national or at local level.

Facilitator's GuidePDF
Project Description
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National Focal Points

To see the list of the project focal points in each country, please click here.

Project Results and Evaluation

The project results as unedited country reports are available in the table. The project has been evaluated by a consultant, and the evaluation recommendations will be implemented in the future capacity building work. Read the evaluation report here.


CountryNational Workshop ReportsCoaching Workshop ReportsLocal Workshop ReportsAwareness Raising CampaignsOther
GeorgiaPDFNational Action Plan
KazakhstanPDFPDFProcess Description


For more information contact:

Elina Warsta, Project Coordinator
UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
Email: elina.warsta(a)
Tel:+41 (0)22 91 72872

UNECE-FAO UNDA project capacity building workshop in Yerevan, Armenia, September 2014. Photograph: Elina Warsta.