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FAO-EU FLEGT Programme

Decades of FAO experience in the forest sector demonstrates that improving how public and private entities make and enforce decisions about the management, use and conservation of forests - otherwise know as forest governance - can contribute positively to poverty alleviation, food security and climate change mitigation. The FAO Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme has been working since 2008 to improve forest governance by supporting the European Commission's Action Plan on FLEGT to promote the legal consumption and production of timber. The Programme supports governments, civil society and private sector organizations in timber producing countries to implement projects that target forest governance measures outlined in the Action Plan.

From the field

Benin: Government agency blazes trail for traceability

In the fight against illegal logging, being able to trace a log of wood back to the forest that it came from is vitally important. In Benin, the FAO FLEGT Programme has supported the National Timber Office to establish a highly effective traceability system for its teak plantations, helping to prevent illegal activity in the logging, transport or sale of [...]

Congo Basin: Timber tracking technologies support law enforcement and forest monitoring

A 'logging vehicle tracking system' is being piloted in the Congo Basin to intercept illegal timber at different points in the forest supply chain.  The approach is being piloted through civil society organization Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM), which has developed vehicle tracking technology to bolster law enforcement and monitoring of forests. The thinking goes that technology will result in efficiency [...]

Myanmar: Towards legal community- and smallholder- timber production

International conservation charity Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to develop opportunities for legal community and smallholder timber production and improve Community Forestry (CF) and smallholder timber revenues in Myanmar. The Project is assessing the opportunities for and constraints to legal community and smallholder timber production, developing guidelines and recommendations to improve CF and has already begun piloting some [...]

In depth

Infographic: Why does legal timber matter?
Video: Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) explained
FAO FLEGT Programme - Forest law, enforcement, governance and trade (Phase III)

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