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 forests sustainably (SDG 15).

How to support smaller businesses in the legal timber trade – report

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) have a critical role to play in meeting global demand for forest products but because of their size it is hard for them to meet legal requirements for timber production and trade. A new report from the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme, Enabling micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in legal [...]

Video: How a Piece of Paper changed lives: Timber legality creates sustainability of forests and livelihoods

Illegal logging is one of the leading causes of deforestation in Indonesia. Under the framework of the Indonesia-European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) voluntary partnership agreement, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia established a national timber legality assurance system (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu, SVLK) to promote sustainability in the legal timber [...]

FAO-EU FLEGT Programme: Results, impacts and lessons learned from designing and implementing timber legality verification systems

The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme was established in 2016 to support the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan. Across it's implementation, the Programme sought to tackle illegal logging, promote trade in legal timber products, and ultimately contribute to SFM and poverty reduction. During this time a range of achievements and lessons learned were documented which are presented in this brochure [...]

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