Illegal logging in Russia: knowledge of its scale is of vital importance for effective decision-making
The European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument East Countries Forest Law Enforcement and Governance II Program is the second phase in a partnership between the EU and the World Bank to improve forest governance and law enforcement in the ENPI-East countries. Phase I (http://fleg1.enpi-fleg.org) was implemented from 2008-2012. Phase II will be implemented in 2013-2016 (www.enpi-fleg.org).
The Program is supported by the European Union contributing to a trust fund administered by the World Bank (WB). Implementation of the Program is led by the World Bank, working in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and in close coordination with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders of the participating countries.
The aims of WWF work in this period are the independent assessment of the scale of illegal logging, and informing the public. Within this framework, development of a methodology is planned, to assess the scale of illegal logging and assess the volume in several areas of the Russian Federation, and, if possible, in Russia in general.
To initiate work on assessing the volume of illegal logging, WWF is conducting a workshop for experts to discuss how best to develop the methodology for the calculation of illegal logging volumes at the federal and regional levels, in the framework of the implementation of the ENPI East Countries FLEG II.