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FAO-EU FLEGT Programme

The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme seeks to reduce and eventually eliminate illegal logging. With the support of its donors, the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme funds projects created by governments, civil society and private sector organizations in Latin America, Africa and Asia to improve forest governance. The Programme works in support of the European Commission’s Action Plan on FLEGT to promote the legal production and consumption of timber by granting funds to projects, and assisting them at all stages from the original design through to the final outcome. Decreasing illegal logging contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals by alleviating poverty (SDG 1), ensuring food security (SDG 2), mitigating climate change (SDG 13) and managing a forests sustainably (SDG 15).

From the field

Colombia: Country unites to build a legal timber culture

Colombia is the first country in Latin America to introduce an Intersectoral Pact for Legal Timber (PIML, by its initials in Spanish), which has become a model for the region. The PIML was launched in 2009 with 24 organizations and, eight years later, comprises 70 public and private sector organizations. The PIML has stimulated discussion on legal timber so that [...]

Ghana: Championing rights and fair compensation for forest communities

Ghana’s work to promote the legal timber trade in partnership with the European Union (EU) places a strong emphasis on involving local communities who live in or near forests. Yet farmers and communities do not always understand their rights, which means that illegal activity by loggers has gone unchecked in Ghana’s off-reserve forests.  The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and [...]

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 [...]

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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