Thematic priorities

Project proposals must address one of the eight thematic priorities developed below. These thematic priorities aim at putting into practice elements of the FLEGT Action Plan.

It is important to note that the examples mentioned for each of the thematic priorities only serve as examples and should by no means be considered exhaustive or as a reference for the successful submission of proposals to the Programme. Examples of previously funded projects can be found here.

Thematic priority 1: Sharing or developing information and knowledge about the FLEGT Action Plan

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • identify, through consensus-based processes, priorities in the country and actions to address the challenges encountered to improve forest governance;
  • raise awareness on forest governance, the FLEGT Action Plan and its different elements (e.g. VPA, the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR),etc.) through briefings and meetings;
  • dissemination of information relating to trends in international timber trade (i.e. EUTR, Lacey Act) and access to markets for different segments of the forest sector;
  • involvement and organization of different groups of actors with the aim of implementing the FLEGT Action Plan and improving forest governance.

Thematic priority 2: Improving transparency in the forest sector

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • development of information-sharing mechanisms in the forestry sector;
  • making information publicly available;
  • awareness raising around legal instruments governing forest sector including stakeholder rights and responsibility;
  • promote interaction among forest sector actors i.e. creation of alliances and/or active coordination around information dissemination, etc.

Thematic priority 3: Setting up independent monitoring in the forest sector

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • development and implementation of an independent or external observation strategy within civil society;
  • strengthening of civil society capacities in the monitoring, collection and reporting of information on infractions of forest-related policies and legislation.

Thematic priority 4: Supporting local communities and community forestry activities in line with the FLEGT process or a national strategy for improving forest governance

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • support to initiatives aimed at improving governance at the local level through the set-up of a conflict management mechanism, a dialogue platform and participatory management of forests, etc.;
  • awareness raising of the FLEGT process and/or of measures for strengthening forest governance among local communities;
  • support for the set-up of a Legality Assurance System (LAS) and for the traceability of community forest logging.

Thematic priority 5: Supporting improvements in national timber traceability systems, traceability of forest products and national control systems

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • determination of the actual state of the timber legality and traceability system;
  • determination of the actual state of the forestry revenue collection and monitoring system;
  • development of harmonized tools for the monitoring of regional timber flows.

Thematic priority 6: Supporting improvements of policy, legal and regulatory frameworks

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • diagnostic analysis of the forestry legal framework;
  • development of complementary regulatory laws;
  • support to initiatives to develop legality standards through consensus-based processes;
  • strengthening existing national strategies or developing a strategy addressing illegal logging and forest governance.

Thematic priority 7: Supporting private sector initiatives

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • awareness raising on the FLEGT process or new international market requirements among staff of forestry companies;
  • training in internal audits on legality/traceability;
  • strengthening capacity of the private sector on the EUTR.

Thematic priority 8: Addressing domestic and regional market issues

Examples of eligible activities (non-exhaustive list):

  • socio-economic characterization of the informal artisanal logging sector;
  • integration of the informal sector into the national regulatory frameworks;
  • timber flow studies at the national and sub-regional levels.
last updated:  Thursday, December 18, 2014