Europe & North Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (ENA FLEG)
22-25 November 2005 | St. Petersburg, Russia
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Highlights from Wednesday, 23 November

On Wednesday, civil society and industry participants met in three joint sessions to hear status reports on the negotiations session and present input from the multistakeholder process. Delegates then convened a thematic and learning session to hear presentations on improving the investment climate and private sector incentives. In morning and afternoon sessions, delegates met to negotiate the Ministerial Declaration (MD) and the Indicative Action Plan (IAP), while the Civil Society and Industry Dialogue (CSID) continued to formulate multistakeholder input.

   
   
Co- Facilitators Jag Maini, Canada, Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland, Viktor Teplyakov, Russia, and Elena Kulikova, Russia, during the afternoon intergovernmental negotiation session
   
Thematic and Learning Session: Key Governance Issues in Improving the Investment Climate and Private Sector Incentives
   
   
   

Anatoly Petrov, All-Russia Training Institute for Forestry Specialists (left), emphasized the need to invest in the forest sector, thus creating jobs. He suggested that the state control financial flows in order to achieve a justified division of forest income and channel a portion of itinto infrastructure.

Sofie Beckham, IKEA Group (right), described IKEA's long-term goal of sourcing wood from well-managed forests, and emphasized the need to assure legality, transparency, and the importance of forest certification.

   
   

Co-Chair of the session Robert Kirmse, World Bank,

Co-Chair Dmitry Chuyko, Ilim Pulp Enterprise, introduced his company's suggestions related to the theme, including acknowledgement of ownership rights, stable laws and tax structures, predictability of customs policy, stimulation of business, investment in infrastructure, and prioritizing enterprises using international standards.

Piotr Waldemar Borkowski, Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE), reported on activities of MCPFE, including the recent workshop on illegal harvesting in Madrid. He highlighted the opportunities for synergy between ENA-FLEG and the MCPFE processes.

   
   
   

Mikko Venermo, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, said that illegal logging is the single biggest issue negatively affecting the investment climate in Central and Eastern European countries. He described the various existing risks due to lack of transparency and to corruption, including market and reputation risk, and stressed that government plays a decisive role in marginalizing risk.

Ragnar Friberg, Stora Enso (right), called for giving due consideration to market risks, the working environment and the problem of corruption, and stressed the importance of assuring long-term wood deliveries.

   

Joint Sessions between governments and civil society and industry
   
   

Bernard de Galembert, International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, Karin Wessman, WWF International, and Jag Maini, ENA-FLEG Co-Facilitator, during the morning joint session

ENA-FLEG Co-Facilitator Jag Maini (Canada) presented paragraphs of the draft MD on the dissemination of information, public awareness, regional cooperation and partnerships. Karin Wessman, WWF International, and Bernard de Galembert, International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, presented recommendations from the multistakeholder process, including: that the ultimate goal of the ENA-FLEG process should be legal, equitable and sustainable forest management; the need for time-bound targets for national actions plans (NAPs); the need for a time-bound follow-up process to the ENA-FLEG; and the importance of raising public awareness.

   
   
   

Gary Dunning, Chair of the Civil Society and Industry Dialogue, John Hudson, UK, Jurgen Blaser, ENA-FLEG Co-Facilitator, Jan McAlpine, US, and Viktor Teplyakov, Russia, during the second joint session of the day

JOINT SESSION II: ENA-FLEG Co-Facilitator Jürgen Blaser reported that a small working group had met to clarify the geographic scope in the MD, and that the subheadings of national, regional and international were reintroduced into the MD. He said a compromise had been reached to include a clear statement in the preamble that this exercise is collective and that all have a shared responsibility in implementing the actions proposed in the MD. He highlighted shared responsibility, particularly regarding trade aspects.

   

Intergovernmental Negotations Session
   
   

Jambalragchaa Byambajav, Mongolia, Arne Ivar Sletnes, Norway, and Tomasz Wojcik, Poland

   
   
   
   
Delegates hard at work during the intergovernmental negotiations (left), and participants discuss the text (right)
   
 

Civil Society and Industry Dialogue
   
   
   
Karin Wessman, WWF (left), and civil society and industry representatives
   
   

Side event: Innovative Approaches to Support Government Action on FLEG

During this side event, hosted by Taiga Rescue Network, a selection of NGOs presented examples of how to work together on ENA-FLEG implementation

   
Alexei Grigoriev, Socio-Ecological Union, discussed backing up legislation with opinion polls
   
Stuart Wilson, Forest Monitor, Independent Monitoring for FLEG
   

Miscellaneous Photos
   
Peter the Great: the first silviculturalist in Russia
   

Relevant Links

Background Information:
World Bank Forests and Forestry Website
World Bank - Forests Strategy and Operational Policy
Wold Bank’s webpage on ENA FLEG Ministerial Preparations
World Bank’s webpage on Background to the ENA FLEG process
World Bank’s webpage on the ENA FLEG Preparatory Conference - June 6 - 8, 2005
The Forests Dialogue on ENA FLEG
World Bank - ENA FLEG Overview
Gleneagles Illegal Logging Factsheet and Gleneagles Plan of Action on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development
EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Initiative (EU FLEGT)
Royal Institute for International Affairs webpage on illegal logging
International Tropical Timber Organization’s webpage on forest law enforcement
FAO's website on illegal activities in forestry

IISD Reporting Services Coverage of Other FLEG processes:
IISD Reporting Services coverage of the East Asia Ministerial FLEG Conference - September 2001
IISD Reporting Services coverage of the Africa FLEG Ministerial Planning Meeting - June 2002
IISD Reporting Services coverage of the Africa FLEG Ministerial Conference - October 2003
ENB Coverage of the Fifth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests
ENB coverage of the 3rd session of the negotiation of a successor Agreement
ENB coverage of the 17the Session of COFO
IISD Reporting Services coverage of the Europe and North Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance - 6-8 June, 2005

 


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