Sustainable Forest Management for Greener Economies
in the Caucasus and Central Asia
UNDA 8th tranche project
UNECE and FAO have launched a two-year capacity-building project in Central Asia and the Caucasus to increase the potential of that region’s forest sector for “greening” the economy. The project is funded by United Nations Development Account (UNDA).
The project provides training and advisory services for government officials who deal with forestry, as well as other stakeholders who are influenced by forest policies and forests. It will include the following activities:
- Developing training materials on sustainable forest management in a green economy, on wood energy and on data collection.
- Holding regional, national and local workshops on:
- Forest-policy formulation
- Bioenergy generation from wood
- Data collection on forests and forests products.
- Sharing lessons learned and making recommendations through a concluding regional conference.
- Creating a web-based hub for knowledge management on forest-related issues.
Seven countries have committed to the project: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Furthermore, a coaching programme in three pilot countries (Georgia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan) targets to develop national action plans to improve the forest’s sector contribution to a green economy.
Timeframe and Documents
The project will be implemented in 24 months, between July 2013 and July 2015. It will 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 are scheduled as follows:
14-16 April 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan
9-11 June 2014 - Tbilisi, Georgia
25-27June 2014 - Dushanbe, Tajikistan
10-12 September 2014 - Yerevan, Armenia
30 September - 2 October 2014 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
21-23 October 2014 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan (to be confirmed)
19-21 November 2014 - Baku, Azerbaijan.
Photos from the national workshops are available in Flickr. In addtion, four local workshops will be organized in each country and three coaching workshops in each three pilot countries to support the development of an action plan.
1st Regional Workshop - 8-11 April, 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan
National Workshop - 14-16 April, 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan
1st Coaching Seminar - 17-18 April, 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan
Please find the training material developed for the national workshops here in English and in Russian. The training material is under constant development, and can be used freely for organizing similar participatory trainings at national or at local level.
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To see the list of the project focal points in each country, please click here.
For more information contact:
Elina Warsta, Project Coordinator
UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
Tel:+41 (0)22 91 72872