Illegal logging destroys forests, damages the environment, disrupts communities and costs governments heavily in lost revenue. Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) aims to promote greater accountability and improve public confidence in the making and implementation of decisions on forests.
Apart from upholding appropriate forest laws, there are other issues that need to be addressed like corruption and poorly defined land rights. FLEG intends to promote appropriate forest governance arrangements that directly improve local livelihoods and provide sustainable forest management. Hence, equity, transparency, participation and action should be the essential factors at all levels to avoid illegal logging and other predatory forest practices. The World Conservation Union (IUCN), for this purpose, has professional staff working on FLEG processes in
The objective is to catalyse the implementation of FLEG-related activities and achieve demonstrable impacts. This can be accomplished by implementing a tripartite approach creating space for government, industry and civil society stakeholders to find and implement solutions together. This tripartite approach helps improve understanding of key actors and the level of trust and openness between stakeholders.
Ultimately, forest governance is a societal responsibility. IUCN is committed to working with different sectors of the society to catalyze commitment to change.