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FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme

The e FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme is a part of a global network of actors supported by the EU to implement the FLEGT Action Plan, adopted in 2003 by EU Member States in response to the global environmental, economic and social consequences of the illegal timber trade.

The Action Plan outlines a series of supply- and demand-side measures to improve forest governance and legality in the forest sector and ultimately enable Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).

Grants of up to €100 000 are channeled through the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme to government institutions, private sector organizations and “grassroots” civil society in timber-producing developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support locally driven processes that put the FLEGT Action Plan into practice. By only supporting actions that are requested directly by stakeholders, the programme enables local ownership of the FLEGT process.

The Programme builds on four years of work during which over 100 pilot initiatives in 32 countries were implemented, each testing new methodologies and approaches for improving forest governance and enabling SFM. To date, over 8 000 stakeholders have been trained in “best practices” in the forest sector, 18 000 stakeholders reached through workshops on improved timber tracking mechanisms, legality and forest governance, 45 reviews of legal frameworks performed, 93 multi-stakeholder platforms supported, 16 internal audits and traceability systems tested and 16 studies on timber trade and illegal logging carried out.

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