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).

From the field

Forest enterprises equipped with new skills to boost legal timber production in Ghana

Accra, Ghana As part of Ghana’s commitment to timber legality under a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) signed with the European Union in 2009, forest enterprises must comply with several forest legality standards. While larger enterprises have the capacity to adapt their operations, small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) continue to present gaps in forest harvesting operations. To address this, the FAO-EU Forest [...]

Gender mainstreaming manual presented to key stakeholders in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda Women’s participation in the forest sector is recognized as an important pathway out of poverty and is a powerful tool to improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and promote sustainable forest management. Recognizing this, the FAO-EU Forest, Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme partnered with a local civil society organisation, Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), to [...]

Thailand timber traceability improved through digital application development

With over 16.4 million hectares of forested land, covering almost one-third of the country, ensuring the traceability and legality of timber entering Thailand’s supply-chains is a critical step towards meeting their commitments under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement, which Thailand began negotiating with the European Union in 2017. In this context, the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme [...]

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