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Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) East Asia Ministerial Conference

11-13 September 2001, Bali, Indonesia


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The Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) East Asia Ministerial Conference took place in Bali, Indonesia, from 11-13 September 2001. The Conference brought together nearly 150 participants from 20 countries, representing government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector. The event was co-hosted by the World Bank and the Government of Indonesia and facilitated by the World Bank Institute, with financial support from the Governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). 

The first two days of the meeting comprised a technical segment, during which participants met in nine thematic sessions to hear panel presentations and discuss forest law enforcement in relation to governance, forest policy, forest management, and operational aspects. On the final day of the Conference, ministers and ministerial level officials from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam as well as from Congo-Brazzaville and Ghana participated in the ministerial segment. 

The Ministerial Conference set out to exchange views, disseminate technical knowledge and foster strong political support and commitment at the national, regional and international levels. The Conference's primary aims were to: share and explore the best current thinking on forest law enforcement; conduct further deliberations on the previously identified priority issues of forest law enforcement, including illegal logging in the East Asia region, among senior officials from forest and related ministries, NGOs and industry representatives; and concur on a statement expressing political commitment for action at the national and regional level. 

The meeting resulted in the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration, which commits participating countries to, inter alia, intensify national efforts and strengthen bilateral, regional and multilateral collaboration to address violations of forest law and forest crime, and create a regional task force on forest law enforcement and governance to advance the Declaration's objectives.

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