Forest Law and Governance: NGO Statements
A statement by Jaringan Orang Asal dan NGO Tentang Isu-Isu Hutan (JOANGOHutan), Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS) and the Sarawak Indigenous Lawyers’ Association (SILA).
Since the withdrawal of JOANGOHutan and JOAS from the multi-stakeholder consultation process of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) between the European Union and Malaysia in March 2008, it has been apparent that no significant changes have been introduced to the structure and content of the process. This statement warns that until such a time that the Government of Malaysia is willing to review the structure of the consultation process and is prepared to reconsider some of its flawed positions on a series of legal and governance matters, the outcome of its FLEGT-VPA process with the European Union is unlikely to be in line with the aims and aspirations of the FLEGT EU Action Plan. The organisations are clear that they are unable to give their support to the Malaysia-EU VPA process if it is to remain in its current state.
To see that the European Commission keeps up the high standard of consultation, 16 European NGOs have asked DG Environment of the European Commission to ensure that ongoing negotiation processes will be as inclusive as those already completed. Concerns focus specifically on Malaysia, where to date no inclusive consultation process has yet started, although negotiations for a VPA are ongoing.
A letter to the UK treasury, the Department for International Development, the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs and, the Department for Energy and Climate Change. It outlines NGOs support for the EU FLEGT Programme, including the EU illegal timber regulation, which will become operational next year, and the focus on governance through ‘Voluntary Partnership Agreements’.
Briefing by the European Environmental Bureau, FERN and Greenpeace, looking at wood related criteria for the EU ecolabel and Green Public Procurement.
Submission by FERN and Rainforest Foundation UK to the UNFCCC SBSTA on indigenous peoples rights and climate. The submission spells out that recognition of forest peoples' rights is pre-condition for a succesful forest - climate agreement