Skip to Content

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:

Most recent publications

Minutes of Community Forestry workshop, Brussels, 3-4 April 2014

These are the minutes of the Community Forestry Workshop, organised by Fern in Brussels on 3 and 4 April 2014. The meeting brought together participants from 30 countries to share their understanding and experience of community forestry, and develop action plans for their own countries.

Letter to the Director General of the Japanese Forestry Agency re: effective illegal logging legislation

This letter from 12 international NGOs working on forest-related issues urges the Japanese Government to adopt effective legislation to prohibit illegal wood products from being marketed in Japan.

It is available in both English and Japanese.

Forest Watch FLEGT VPA Update June 2015

A decade of VPAs: where have we been, where do we go? 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).

DocumentSize
PDF iconvpaUPDATE_final.pdf259.85 KB

Time to Rethink? A Critique of Rural Land Law in Côte d’Ivoire

The objective of this paper is to critique rural land law and forest law in Côte d’Ivoire from an Africa-wide perspective. The paper starts with an overview of customary land tenure across Africa, and different countries’ approaches to achieving legal protection.

DocumentSize
PDF iconTime to rethink.pdf2.23 MB

Seeing the Forests Through the Trees: VPA-led Transparency in Five African Countries

2015 sees the ten-year review of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan, which makes it a good time to reassess the extent to which VPAs have delivered on their promise of increased transparency in forest management, and for civil society to show how they have used information.

Pages