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


This capacity building project (2013-2015) focused on increasing 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.

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 on Flickr. In addition, 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 review 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.


Title English Russian
Project Document PDF  
Project Brochure PDF PDF
1st Regional Workshop - 8-11 April 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan PDF PDF
National Workshop - 14-16 April 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan PDF  
1st Coaching Seminar - 17-18 April 2014 - Astana, Kazakhstan PDF  

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 training at the national or at the local level.


Title English Russian
Facilitator's Guide PDF  
Project Description PDF PDF
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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 future capacity building work. Read the evaluation report here.
Country National Workshop Reports Coaching Workshop Reports Local Workshop Reports Awareness Raising Campaigns Other
Armenia PDF   PDF    
Georgia PDF       National Action Plan
Kazakhstan     PDF PDF Process Description
Kyrgyzstan PDF        
Tajikistan PDF PDF PDF    
Uzbekistan PDF   PDF