Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Forest Law Enforcement

The Forest Law Enforcement Module is targeted at stakeholders in all the sectors involved in forest governance, particularly the enforcement of forest laws and regulations. The module provides basic and more detailed information on the main requirements for good forest law enforcement and governance, such as institutional capacity, intelligence, international cooperation and judicial action.

The module also provides links to tools and case studies to foster effective forest law enforcement.

Forests are among the most diverse and widespread ecosystem on earth; they provide mankind with a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits. However the forests are increasingly being threatened by unsustainable logging practices. Rampant deforestation in the tropics and international pressure have led governments of tropical forest countries...
The overall objective of the study is to explore the current effectiveness of certification and verification schemes in Southeast Asia to strengthen the legality and sustainability of future forest management, wood processing and related trade. It analyzes how the linkages among credible certification and verification schemes and the enforcement of...
The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest on Earth, and holds up to 25% of the world's forest-based carbon. Unchecked deforestation in the region here not only threatens the livelihoods of over 70 million people, it could also have a devastating impact on the planet’s climate. Timber production...
This video is about the sustainable management of ramin (Gonystylus spp.) in Indonesia.
Illegal logging and associated trade in illegally sourced wood products are important causes of deforestation and forest degradation in many developing countries. Forest destruction in turn contributes up to 20 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Illegal logging also robs cash-strapped governments of vital revenues, has a devastating impact...
This video presents the FAO-FLEGT-EU initiative implemented in San Martìn (2015) to monitor forests by indigenous people, in order to prevent and contrast illegal logging. These forests indeed are under severe threaten by agriculture expansion in the region. The project is expected to strongly enhance forest governance for forest people,...
In Bolivia, dramatic changes in the forestry regulations have been implemented seeking to arrest illegality and informality within the forestry sector, and to enable clearer legal frameworks and institutional conditions for promoting the introduction of good practices for forest management. Yet, illegal logging is still a relevant issue in Bolivia...
The present study is aimed at offering input to the FAO/ITTO study Capacity Building for Law Compliance in the Forest Sector. It addresses directly the first objective of this project, that of producing “guidelines for improving law compliance in the forest sector”, and also its third stated objective, to “create...
The objective of the study is to examine the state of forest law enforcement in Malaysia, identifying gaps in the legislative framework and institutional responsibility which could affect efforts to curb and prevent the practices of illegal logging and illegal timber trade. Where relevant, the study will also look into...
Road to legality
15 June 2016
This film provides valuable information on the ongoing implementation of the FLEGT Action Plan along the timber supply chain - from harvest in the tropical rainforest of the Congo Basin, to consumption in the EU. Through the conclusion of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the EU, timber producing countries commit...
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