Forest Law and Governance (FLEGT)
Fern works 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: www.loggingoff.info. To sign-up to Forest Watch, please click here.
To learn more about FLEGT see this seven minute animation which explains all of the issues:
This short film introduces you to some key people involved in VPA processes:
To find out about Fern's FLEGT related projects visit the EU Map of FLEGT projects, by clicking on the link below: