EU FAO FLEGT Programme
To address the presence of illegal timber in global markets and stop it from entering the European market, the European Union adopted the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan in 2003.
The European Union is supporting a global network of FLEGT-related technical assistance to implement the Action Plan. Part of this network is the EU-FAO Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Programme (EU FAO FLEGT Programme). This programme provides support to timber producing countries to implement projects that target aspects of the EU FLEGT Action Plan.
| | 28 October 2013
The recently launched White paper “Towards a development strategy for the wood processing industry in the Congo Basin” brings together a series of reflections and suggestions for the development and implementation of strategies to develop the forest industry in the Congo Basin. For the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), the White Paper could expedite the implementation of previous commitments, including the Convergence Plan. For the private sector, it could serve as a baseline to review where progress needs to be made and sustainability embedded. [more
| | 23 October 2013
Governments from Africa's main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, FAO said today following an international wood industry meeting in Brazzaville. [more
| | 21 October 2013
Through the conclusion of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the EU, timber producing countries commit to assuring legality of their timber. Cameroon is among the first countries in the process of turning its stated commitment into effective action. FLEGT licenses issued under the VPA will assure consumers that the timber they are buying is legal. [more
| | 21 October 2013
The EU FAO FLEGT Programme is now recruiting a Baseline and impact monitoring expert to develop an impact monitoring system that effectively measures the progress made by the Programme in fulfilling its objective, purpose and expected results. For more information, see the TOR: [more
| | 9 October 2013
Legal tropical timber products have become unequivocal consumer demands the world over. The FLEGT process is largely about meeting this demand by improving the supply of legal timber. The FLEGT process also represents a significant breakthrough in the global battle to protect diminishing forest resources in that it marks an unprecedented collaboration between producing and consuming countries – in this case the European Union – to tackle the illegal timber trade. [more