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.
| | 22 January 2014
EU FAO FLEGT Programme is now accepting project proposals from government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in eligible timber-producing countries not already engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). Grants of up to €100 000 are channeled through the Programme to support locally driven processes that put the FLEGT Action Plan into practice. [more
| | 11 December 2013
Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti has committed to coordinating with the Ministry of Defence and Governance for the implementation of a task force to strengthen governance and reduce illegal logging in southern Petén. The announcement was made on 14 November at the inter-sectorial roundtable on southern Petén after Baldetti was presented with the findings from a study of illegal logging in the area, conducted by EU FAO FLEGT implementing partner Association Balaam. At the subsequent inter-sectorial roundtable meeting on the 18 November, the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Guatemala and Head of the Public Ministry agreed to provide support to the Forum for Environmental Justice in the Petén to address illegal logging. Both have committed to developing a mechanism whereby the government will assist local communities inhabiting the Guatemala-Belize transborder ecosystem to address illegal logging. [more
| | 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