FAO-EU FLEGT Programme


National demand for sawnwood in Cameroon

09 February 2017
The economic and social importance of domestic wood consumption is now recognized in Central Africa, but it is largely fuelled by informal timber. No one has yet developed a global understanding of these sectors in order to develop the conditions [...]

Panama: agreement signed to set up legal timber network

20 January 2017
Forest stakeholders in Panama undertake to set up a legal timber network with a view to sustainably manage and harvest the country’s forests. 20 January 2017, Panama - Panama today signed the Agreement for the Establishment of the Legal Timber Network, [...]

Peru defines priorities for forest governance and reduction in illegal logging and timber trade

06 December 2016
Lima , Peru - Stakeholders from Peru’s public and private sectors and indigenous peoples today established their priorities for work to boost forest governance and income-generation on the basis of sustainable harvesting of the country’s 73 million hectares of forests. The initiative [...]

FAO launches new publication to help African countries trace timber

23 November 2016
Publication part of global efforts to crack down on illegal logging 23 November 2016, Kigali, Rwanda – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today launched a new publication that will help countries in Africa and elsewhere trace [...]

Viet Nam and EU agree in principal on FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement

22 November 2016
Rome, Italy - FAO has welcomed the news that Viet Nam and the European Union (EU) have agreed in principle on a bilateral trade agreement to address illegal logging and promote the legal timber trade. The two parties have been [...]

Indonesia and EU launch first FLEGT licensing scheme for legal timber

15 November 2016
Rome, Italy - FAO today welcomed the launch of the world’s first ever Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme as Indonesia exported its first shipment of FLEGT-licensed timber to the European Union (EU). The scheme by Indonesia and [...]

Boosting private sector support for legal timber trade in Ghana

18 October 2016
Accra, Ghana – Experts are meeting in Accra, Ghana, today to discuss how to boost private sector involvement in the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process to address illegal logging and strengthen the legal timber trade in the [...]

Sharing lessons on FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements in Guyana

28 September 2016
Georgetown, Guyana - Experts from across the world are meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, today to exchange lessons learned on the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process under the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan to [...]

Why Legal Timber Matters

15 September 2016
Why Legal Timber Matters posted on: Thursday, 15 September 2016 by: Robert Simpson, Manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Have you ever run your hand across a gleaming [...]

Indonesia to issue first licence certifying legal timber entering Europe

15 September 2016
As of 15 November, the FLEGT licence can accompany shipments of timber exported from Indonesia to EU member states to certify that the timber has been harvested, transported, processed and traded according to Indonesian law.