FAO-EU FLEGT Programme


Sustainable timber: Countries meet to swap experiences on EU trade compliance

26 November 2018
Experts working to eliminate illegal logging in the Republic of the Congo and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic gathered in Ghana to learn from that country’s own experiences in promoting trade of legally-produced timber to the European Union. The Ghana Forestry [...]

Guyana, EU initial pact on legal timber, stronger forest sustainability

23 November 2018
 Guyana and the European Union (EU) today initialled a Voluntary Partnership Agreement, a binding trade pact that commits both sides to deal in legal timber products while strengthening forest governance and sustainable forest management. The initialisation sets the stage for the [...]

EU and Vietnam sign deal to combat illegal logging and promote trade in legal timber

19 October 2018
The EU and Vietnam signed today a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The agreement will help improve forest governance, address illegal logging and promote trade in verified legal timber products from Vietnam to [...]

Video: in Cameroon, the FAO EU FLEGT program supports a public awareness campaign for the purchase of legal timber

24 September 2018
As part of our campaign "Legal timber is great" (Le bois légal, c’est génial) in Cameroon, we invite you to buy products made of timber of legal origin and to preserve the forests of the Congo Basin.

Call for proposals: for the candidates whose concept note has been accepted, a full proposal can be submitted by the 25th of September 2018. Click here for more info

11 June 2018
Grants up to USD 110 000 are channeled through the Programme to support ongoing VPA processes in targeted countries. The selection of proposals will be done through two phases. In the first phase, all eligible applicants are invited to submit [...]

Transparency in Ghana’s timber sector improved through public information portal

09 April 2018
A public portal of forest governance information has been launched in Ghana, aimed at improving transparency in the country’s forest sector and ensuring the credibility and integrity of the Ghana Wood Tracking System (GWTS). The Ghana Timber Transparency Portal is part [...]

Awareness of timber legality low in Peru’s domestic market

28 March 2018
‘The Timber Industry in Peru: Identifying barriers and opportunities for internal trade in responsible wood products,’ published in Spanish by FAO-EU FLEGT and the Centre for Technological Wood Innovation (CITEmadera), reported low levels of awareness of whether wood or wood [...]

State of the forest sector in Central African Republic

16 March 2018
The Central African Republic (CAR) has a total land area of 623,000 km2 of which close to 23 million hectares, i.e. 37%, is composed of forested lands. In the southwestern part of the country all forest operations are industrial. At [...]

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 [...]