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.


Colombia: Efforts to improve forest governance gaining momentum 11 February 2016 FAO FLEGT Programme members met this month with delegates from Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) and the Regional Environmental Authority of Risaralda, CARDER, to assess progress and outcomes of FAO support towards Colombia’s Intersectoral Pact for Legal Timber . The Pact, a voluntary agreement aimed at ensuring that timber harvested, transported, processed, marketed and used derives exclusively from legal sources, is one of the country’s main forest governance initiatives to combat illegal logging. About 72 public and private institutions and civil society organizations signed commitments to reduce illegal forest activity under the current Government. The Pact has also been included in the National Plan of Development of the country (2014-2018) as one of the main tools to reduce deforestation. The FAO FLEGT Programme continues to support work to strengthen the Pact for Legal Timber , including piloting and validating the implementation of the following mechanisms: Responsible Wood Purchasing Guide , which falls under the Sustainable Production and Consumption Policy Framework and seeks to guide Colombians in purchasing legal and sustainable timber; Strengthening tracking and controlling mechanisms by Regional Environmental Authorities with the use of digital android applications such as “cubimaderas” and “especies maderables.”; Recognizing the legal provenance of timber from natural forest and forest industries through the use of protocols for tracking and control of forest products that are harvested, transported, processed and marketed. [more]
28 January 2016 Liberia and the EU have released a joint report on progress in implementing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement in 2014. The report describes progress made with the timber legality assurance system, legislative reform, domestic market, institutional improvements, stakeholder engagement, communication, transparency and monitoring of the agreement. The report is available in English. It will be also published in French and Spanish. [more]
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]


last updated:  Thursday, February 11, 2016