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Countering forest crimes in the ASEAN region - Joint UNODC-ASEAN project

1. Project Code and Sector

No. and Title: Countering forest crimes in the ASEAN region - Joint UNODC-ASEAN project
Status/Starting Date: Not yet approved
Field: Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia
Duration: 3 years
Executing Agency: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Partnership Agency:

Law enforcement agencies and forestry departments of ASEAN Member States; ASEAN (Natural Resources Unit, Bureau of Economic Integration and Finance; Transnational Crime and Customs Units).
Budget: US $ 3.2 million


2. Project Background and Justification

South East Asia is home to some of the world's most extensive networks of tropical rainforests and diverse flora and fauna. Unfortunately, poor forest management practices and weak law enforcement have resulted in these valuable natural resources becoming threatened by illegal logging and the illicit trade in forest products, known collectively as forest crimes.
Rapid commercial activity in the Asia Pacific in the early to mid 1990s led to uncontrolled deforestation. In particular, the Mekong region, spanning Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Indonesia experienced the highest rates of deforestation. The depletion was so severe that many forest areas in the Mekong basin remain at critically low levels today. The persistence of forest crimes in these and other regions in South East Asia means immediate action must be taken to combat these crimes before regional forest stocks disappear completely.

The project seeks to counter illegal logging and the illicit trade in forest products in the South East Asia region by strengthening regional cooperation between law enforcement agencies of ASEAN Member States, building the capacity of forestry and law enforcement agencies in Member States and harmonising policies and regulatory frameworks across the region. UNODC will support to a large extent the work plan for Strenthening Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in ASEAN, 2008-2015 developed by in the ASOF Meeting in July 2008. This document was presented in 2nd ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network Meeting , Manila 2009. The comments received from the delegates have been incorporated in the document.


3. Overall Objective, Outcomes, Outputs and Activities


The objective of the project is 'to effectively identify and act on the illicit trafficking of forest products in the ASEAN region'.


OUTCOME 1 Strengthened mechanisms to promote regional networking, cooperation and coordination between governments and law enforcement agencies of Member States

Output 1.1: Border Liaison Office mechanism geared to prevent and detect forest crimes (1.5.1 ASOF Work Plan)

Output 1.2: Joint cross-border enforcement and surveillance operations enhanced on a pilot basis (1.5.1 ASOF Work Plan)

Output 1.3: Joint workshops / seminars organised and delivered to develop strong informal and formal contact between officials (1.3.3 ASOF Work Plan)


OUTCOME 2 A new regional capacity building programme in place to prevent, control and monitor the trafficking of forest products

Output 2.1: Needs assessments conducted at country level for FLEG implementation (1.3.1 ASOF Work Plan)

Output 2.2: Regional training programme ready, with general and country specific syllabus (1.3.2 ASOF Work Plan)

Output 2.3: Training carried out for forest, police and customs officers, prosecutors and judges (1.3.2 ASOF Work Plan)

Output 2.4: CBT modules on forest crimes developed to reach large number of LE officers (1.3.2 ASOF Work Plan)


OUTCOME 3 A regional capacity building programme developed to break the link between corruption and forest crimes

Output 3.1: Investigators of anti-corruption agencies and police trained in detecting and investigating corruption cases related to the forestry sector and in investigating forest crimes generally

Output 3.2: Increased capacity of prosecutors to successfully bring forward forest crimes related corruption cases to court and increased capacity of judges to make appropriate orders

Output 3.3: Increased capacity of agencies to detect forest crimes through the anti‑money laundering (AML) regime