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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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Peru: Indigenous communities hold key to 2020 zero deforestation targets

Peru is home to one of the largest, most biodiverse and intact tropical forest areas in the world. Half of its land base is classified as forest. Ambitious programmes are underway to reduce deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon to zero [...]

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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