The FINANCIAL -- As part of the EU-funded Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Programme (FLEG II), which is supporting forest restoration works in the Ajara region of Georgia. WWF Caucasus has purchased a mini-tractor, drilling mechanism, cultivator and rotating cultivator for the Forestry Agency of Ajara (FAA).
With this equipment, the FAA will able to remove tall grass and other ground vegetation, to promote the regeneration of valuable forest trees. In addition, actual fencing work is planned at end of July and beginning of August in the Khulo Municipality of the Ajara Autonomous Republic of Georgia, according to EU Neighbourhood Info.
These forests, composed essentially of Caucasian fir (Aboes nordmanniana) and spruce (Picea orientalis), are significantly degraded due to excessive grazing. The project is helping to protect them from grazing through fencing, in order to promote their recovery.
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.