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Civil Society Statement on the EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)

This statement has been developed jointly by Indonesian and European civil society organisations. The signatories believe that an EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) must first of all be approached as a means to serve the public interest.
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Forest Watch special - VPA update December 2015

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 VPAs. This edition is from December 2015.

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Community representation and participation in the VPA process

This report looks at the extent of community participation in VPA processes by considering case studies of communities from nine VPA countries.

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GabonMaTerreMonDroit, an initiative to support local communities

GabonMaTerreMonDroit is a group of 20 Gabonese NGOs facilitating community action towards improved tenure security in Gabon. This network advocates for improved recognition of community rights and has been raising awareness of local communities on land tenure issues in four regions: Kango, Mouila, Minvoul and Libreville. This slideshow and accompanying song summarizes the ongoing dynamics of this network from July 2012 until April 2013. For more information, see

FLEGT VPA Update May 2013

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 May 2013 example looks at VPAs in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.

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ForestWatch Issue 182 April 2013

  • Moving extractive industries closer to transparency
  • Shadow forces ranged against VPAs
  • 7EAP: Council’s opportunity to be effective
  • CITES creates loopholes in the EU Timber Regulation
  • Complaint of human rights violations in DRC
  • Airport challenged due to poor biodiversity offsetting
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PDF icon VPA Update May 2013.pdf163.94 KB

Letter to Director General Karl Falkenberg re implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan

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. 

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Forestwatch Issue 165 and FLEGT Update

  • Transparency and Accounting: Way to go...
  • The LBA who?
  • European Parliament supports sustainable public procurement
  • MTCS: So that’s that. At last.
  • Biomass must be led by supply not demand
  • FLEGT and VPA update
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PDF icon VPA Update November 2011.pdf228.22 KB

What are FLEGT VPAs?

This short presentation outlines the basics of a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (or FLEGT VPA). For more information and presentations please see

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Central America’s first VPA? Perspectives on FLEGT in Honduras

In early April 2011, and following some initial contacts between Honduras and the European Union (EU) in mid-2010, a series of meetings and workshops were held in Honduras with the objective to explore the potential negotiation of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between both parties.

This briefing provides information about progress achieved so far, and reflects on the opportunities for and challenges to successful negotiation – and implementation – of a VPA. It is aimed at stakeholders both in Honduras and the EU, as well as the international community working on VPAs in other countries around the world.
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