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Timber legality: a pivotal factor in halting deforestation and increasing forest area

23 February 2018
21 February 2018, Rome — Sustainable value chains that reinforce the legal production, sale and purchase of timber are integral to good forest governance and to efforts to halt deforestation and increase the world’s forest areas, according to experts in [...]

Latin American wood product industry meets to discuss responsible trade

30 November 2017
Lima, Peru – Representatives of national and regional associations within the wood product industry across Latin America are meeting in Lima, Peru this week to examine the shared challenges and opportunities of responsible trade. Discussions are focusing on issues of competitiveness and [...]

Buyers, producers seek ways to promote legal timber amid rising domestic demand in Ghana

24 November 2017
Accra, Ghana – Timber buyers and producers in Ghana discussed how to ensure a reliable supply of legal timber against a backdrop of rising domestic demand as well as a proposed national public procurement policy. Participants at a recent workshop in Accra [...]

Cameroon strengthens its legal timber sector

26 October 2017
Douala, Cameroon - Improved transparency in Cameroon’s forest sector – a key requirement of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) – is playing a critical role in the gradual establishment of a legal timber sector in [...]

Map: FAO-EU FLEGT projects by country

09 October 2017
The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme provides technical support and resources to promote the legal production and consumption of timber through projects in more than 20 countries. 

FAO-EU FLEGT Programme launches new call for concept notes in VPA countries

02 August 2017
The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society, indigenous and tribal peoples, and private sector organizations in countries engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the European Union. Grants up to USD 110 000 [...]

FAO boosts support to promote legal timber trade in Lao PDR

31 July 2017
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is stepping up support for the legal timber trade in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic with the official launch of two new projects that will strengthen the roles of civil [...]

Africa: Independent forest monitoring to boost transparency

27 June 2017
27 June 2017, Accra, Ghana - Independent forest monitoring by civil society can improve transparency and help strengthen checks on illegality in the forest sector in Africa, an international conference heard last month in Accra.Over 70 experts from ten countries [...]

Meeting in Brussels assesses progress made in the effort to slow deforestation and stop illegal logging

23 June 2017
More than 200 representatives from timber producer and consumer countries, private sector and civil society, indigenous communities, as well as from the European Union (EU) Member States and Delegates, the European Commission and international organizations attended a conference organized by [...]

Myanmar commits to address gaps in timber legality assurance system for improved forest governance

12 June 2017
The Government of Myanmar has committed to improving the country’s timber legality assurance system following the release of a report that analyzed the “gaps” in the system in the context of internationally recognized principles, requirements and best practices. The Myanmar Forest [...]