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FLEG: Belarus and Russia exchange ideas for developing ecotourism

July 24, 2015

Local businesses from Belarus and Russia have exchanged ideas for developing successful ecotourism opportunities in forest communities during a training seminar recently organized by the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Program (FLEG II).
The seminar aimed to help establish working partnerships between villages across the Russian-Belarusian border, which will make networks of lodges and forest-related tourist attractions even more effective.
“We see a great potential in matching expertise and efforts of local people from two countries to use non-timber forest resources for a better and more sustainable life in their remote villages,” said Andrey Zaytsev, IUCN FLEG Programme Coordinator in Russia.
The €9 million ENPI FLEG II programme deepens reforms in forestry policy, and legal and administrative matters in the sector while carrying out pilot projects, and addressing forest fire and climate issues. It builds upon the achievements of its predecessor, ENPI FLEG I programme. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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