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.


VPAs are 29 May 2015 The environmental NGO FERN has analysed the FLEGT VPA process in five African countries in terms of transparency and discovered a range of encouraging signs. Transparency gains achieved as a part of the VPA process have, according to FERN, contributed to halting forest loss and increased rights of communities and indigenous peoples. [more]
Summary: Forum on Governance, Legality Verification Systems and Competitiveness in the Latin American Forest Sector 2014 released 13 February 2015 This publication seeks to depict the dialogue and discussions by the various interest groups - 140 regional stakeholders, as well as public and private sector representatives from 10 Latin America countries - who took part in the Forum on Governance, Legality Verification Systems and Competitiveness in the Latin American Forest Sector. The Forum was organized to facilitate the exchange of experiences and lessons learned, to inform decision making processes and strengthen legality and sustainable and fair forest development in the region.The meeting was held in Quito - Ecuador from 30 September to 2 October 2014 and was organized by TRAFFIC, the EU FLEGT Facility, the EU FAO FLEGT Programme, the IUCN Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (ORMACC), the World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF, the IUCN South America office, the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador and the Sustainable Forest Management Corporation (COMAFORS) of Ecuador. [more]
The Forests of the Congo Basin - State of the Forest 2013 released 20 November 2014 This new edition of State of the Forest represents the collaborative effort of over 150 individuals from diverse institutions and the forestry administrations of Central African countries. The report was made possible thanks to contributions of numerous authors and readers who devoted time and energy to refining it, and financial contributions from the EU FAO FLEGT Programme and others including Norway, the United States of America, Germany, France and Canada. [more]
Latin American forest governance forum set for Quito in September 8 August 2014 A forum on forest governance is scheduled for Quito, Ecuador, from 30 September to 3 October 2014. The forum, titled ‘Governance, Traceability and Control Systems and Competitiveness of the Latin American Forest Sector' aims to facilitate exchange of experiences and lessons learnt for decision-making that enables fair and equitable forest management. The forum is organised by TRAFFIC, EU FLEGT Facility, EU FAO FLEGT Programme, IUCN, and World Resources Institute. [more]
The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process in Central and West Africa: from theory to practice 30 April 2014 The year 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, so it seemed timely to reflect on the aspects that had worked well over the past ten years – and those that had worked less well – to draw the main lessons. The FAO FLEGT Programme thus started to analyze the experience of the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process. The implementation of the agreements has turned out to be more complicated than anticipated; in turn, a number of challenges must be addressed and major efforts must still be made. Even so, the negotiation and conclusion of VPAs have led to significant progress in terms of improving forest governance. The present study is intended to document and foster strategic reflection in partner countries already engaged in negotiating a VPA – or those who will be entering into such negotiations – by providing examples of “good practices” identified largely with stakeholders from eight countries in Central and West Africa, where the first VPAs were negotiated and signed. [more]


last updated:  Friday, September 25, 2015