Armenia

Armenia

10% of Armenia’s land area is covered by forests, all of which are state-owned. Of this forest area, 5% is primary forest, almost 7% is made up of plantations and the remaining 88% is naturally regenerated. Between 1990 and 2010, the annual rate of deforestation was 0.1%, but for the period 2010-2015 the forest area has been increasing, at 0.1% per year (FAO, 2015).

Illegal logging is a problem in the country. In 2009, the government became engaged in the EU’s ENPI FLEG Program – Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the European Neighbourhood Policy East Countries and Russia. The program, supported by the WWF, World Bank and IUCN, aims to tackle illegal logging through supporting policy reform, raising awareness and support for forest law enforcement, and promoting the engagement of the private sector (ENPI FLEG).