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. 


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]
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]
UK joins EU FAO FLEGT Programme as key donor 9 April 2014 UKAid from the Department for International Development (DFID) has recently become a major donor to the EU FAO FLEGT Programme. DFID, recognizing that illegal logging and trade of illegal timber pose serious risk to the integrity of forest landscapes, global climate change and perpetuate negative economic impacts on global markets, agreed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to contribute £ 1,408,833 to FAO’s FLEGT Programme to address the challenge. Support under the MoU will directly contribute to fostering improved implementation of FLEGT/VPA processes, namely by assisting stakeholders to implement selected projects in countries that are currently negotiating or that have entered into VPAs with the European Union. [more]
Colombia steps up awareness raising efforts to improve forest governance 20 March 2014 Colombia stepped up awareness raising efforts to improve forest governance, welcoming the EU FAO FLEGT Programme’s mission to the capital Bogotá on 10-14 February. Representatives from three government ministries – Environment and Sustainable Development; Agriculture and Rural Development; and Trade, Industry and Tourism – participated in the mission led by the EU Delegation, FAO and key stakeholders from civil society, regional public authorities and the private sector to discuss opportunities to bolster national initiatives to strengthen forest governance. [more]


last updated:  Thursday, December 18, 2014