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.
| | 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
| | 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
| | 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
| | 14 March 2014
FAO and the European Union introduced the FLEGT Programme at the FAO Representation in Peru. The initiative, ultimately aiming to enable Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) by combatting the presence of illegal timber on global markets, was presented to key stakeholders in the forestry sector who discussed the potential of the support available, its applicability in the country and how the work being done locally can be related to similar processes in other countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. [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