The government has been 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, the 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, 2013).
40% of Georgia’s land area is covered by forests. This has remained relatively stable over the period 1990 to 2015; the forest area has been increasing at a rate of 0.1% per year between 1990 and 2015. 20% of the country’s forests are primary and less than 5% are plantations (FAO, 2015).