Compendium on experiences from the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process in Central and West African countries
The EU FAO FLEGT Programme provides assistance to three stakeholder groups in eligible countries - government institutions, civil society organizations and private sector organizations. This brochure describes the main components of the support provided by the Programme: support to projects and information and knowledge sharing.
This brochure provides concrete examples of the ACP-FLEGT Support Programme’s contribution to implementing FLEGT Action Plan. The Programme supported over 100 projects in 33 countries. As mostly pilot initiatives, these projects test new methodologies and approaches for improving forest governance and tackling forest illegality.
This fact sheet presents the main strengths of the ACP-FLEGT Support Programme and how they will be transferred to the scaled up efforts to improve forest governance with EU FAO FLEGT.
One of the main tools of the FLEGT Action Plan is the negotiation and conclusion of legally-binding yet Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and individual timber-producing countries. VPAs represent an unprecedented, bottom-up and inclusive process, bringing together a wide range of local stakeholders to discuss and decide on pressing issues in forest governance.
Simpson, R. Lemaitre, S. & Whiteman, A. 2012: Implementing an action plan to tackle timber illegality. Unasylva 239, pp.65-71. FAO.
The ACP-FLEGT Support Programme addresses FLEGT-related issues as defined in the EU FLEGT Action Plan to tackle timber illegality. Consistent law enforcement, improved governance and assurances of legality, are part of the foundation that must be laid if forests are to be truly sustainable.
Muir, G. 2012: EU FAO FLEGT Programme - Accepting calls for project proposals to tackle forest illegality. Tigerpaper, Vol.39, No.4, pp.12-13. FAO.
Despite progress of responses to illegal logging, the FLEGT Action Plan continues to face a daunting global trade in illegal timber. In light of the challenges ahead, the EU and FAO are scaling up by embarking the EU FAO FLEGT Programme (2012-2016).
last updated: Monday, December 2, 2013