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Forest Law and Governance (FLEGT)

FERN’s aim is to work with partners to improve forest governance and strengthen tenure rights of local communities by using the EU FLEGT process, which also aims to control the import of illegal timber in the EU.

FERN’s analysis: Around half of the tropical timber and 20 per cent of timber from boreal forests imported into the EU is illegally sourced. Illegal logging destroys forests and damages communities, but it is hard to tackle because it is often an integral part of a nation’s economy, giving financial support to political parties and companies. FERN believes the challenge is to address the root causes of illegal operations: corruption, unclear tenure situation and the excessive influence of the timber industry.

FERN's monthly newsletter Forest Watch also includes regular updates. Partners in country provide regular updates of the process in their country on the website: To sign-up to Forest Watch, please click here.

To learn more about this campaign:see what is EU FLEGT,, Consultation requirements under FLEGT, and Options for Europe

Most recent publications

Community Rights Network condemns murder of Cambodian environmental journalist

Taing Try an environmental journalist was shot dead in Cambodia on 12 October 2014. He was murdered while investigating illegal logging and the associated illegal trade in timber in the Southern province of Kratie.  Three officials have been arrested; Police Chief Ben Hieng, military police officer Khim Pheakdey and a former Cambodian Air Force Officer La Narong, all suspected timber traffickers.

CRN Statement October 2014.pdf329.83 KB

“Ebola is winning.” Liberia appeals for urgent help battling the disease that has West Africa under siege

This press release outlines Liberian campaigners concern that the international response to the Ebola outbreak has been desperately slow. It also anounces an appeal for massively ramped-up, on-the-ground help to tackle the disease that is sweeping their nation with unprecedented speed.

Forest Watch FLEGT Update June 2014

Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). This June 2014 example looks at VPAs in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.

VPA update June 2014.pdf9.8 MB

UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil poised to illegally seize land in Liberia in defiance of government orders

This press release was launched as the UK-listed company, Equatorial Palm Oil, which is threatening to illegally seize land owned by Liberians in defiance of commitments made by Liberia’s President, received a visit from affected communities. Members of the Jogbahn Clan, together with representatives from Liberian and international NGOs, delivered a petition with over 80,000 signatures, reminding the company that it does not have community consent to expand onto their lands, and that doing so could escalate violence.

EPO Press Release.pdf269.13 KB