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FAO 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

Why Legal Timber Matters

Why Legal Timber Matters   by: Robert Simpson, Manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations     Have you ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where [...]

New FLEGT publication: State of the timber sector in Cameroon (2015)

This source of information will contribute to a better understanding of the Cameroonian forest regulations, the titles awarded for forest operations and the timber supply sources and will also unquestionably contribute to due diligence applied to Cameroonian timber and timber-derived products being imported into the EU market, [...]

FAO FLEGT supports the Cameroon Regional Forest Governance Forum

The FAO FLEGT programme supported the organization of the Cameroon Regional Forest Governance Forum. This event, held in Yaoundé from 16th to 18th March 2016, gathered more than 200 participants from government, civil society, private sector, forest-dependent communities, indigenous peoples, [...]

In depth

Infographic: Why does legal timber matter?
Video: Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) explained
Editorial: FAO's Robert Simpson on legal timber

With the support of

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