Forest Law and Governance: Press Releases
This press release released to coincide with the launch of FERN's report Improving forest governance: A comparison on FLEGT VPAs and their impact concludes that we must learn from the VPAs and build on what works,the next step is to research the extent to which the VPA model can be used for other commodities and in other sectors.
Released on the same day as FERN's high-level conference at the European Parliament "Guardians of the Forest?" (www.fern.org/forestguardians) this press release accompanies the report, ‘Forest Stands’, (www.fern.org/foreststands) by award winning journalist Fred Pearce. It shows that trade agreements founded in concerns for justice and poverty could become a ‘revolution in the rainforest’. The report looks at the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme and specifically the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber producing countries. It calls VPAs a ‘template for ensuring civil society engagement and changing the balance of power’.
A press release from FERN and SDI Liberia tied to the signing of the EU-Liberia Voluntary Partnership Agreement. Both FERN and SDI believe this to be a positive step forward and another sign of the importance of the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade action plan.
6 May 2010, saw representatives from Cameroon and the EU conclude a trade agreement that aims to ensure Cameroonian timber is legal when sold on the domestic market or exported to the EU and other countries.
This press release gives the view of civil society, concluding that steps have been made in the right direction thanks to a strong, inclusive consultation process by both the Cameroonian government and the European Commission. However, success in terms of forests will only come through strong implementation.
A press release by the Liberian NGO coalition expressing support for the start of VPA negotiations between the EU and the Government of Liberia as part of the EU FLEGT programme. Concern has been raised, however, over the fact that NGOs seem to have been misled about the timing of the launch and hence could not be present
In an open letter to Commission President Barroso, FERN, Greenpeace, FoE, WWF and Global Witness express their concern that a legislative proposal to control the import and use of illegal timber, as part of the EU FLEGT Programme, has been postponed again.