Lack of clarity about who owns the forest and poor forest governance lead to illegal logging.
This has a devastating effect on communities and biodiversity, releases vast carbon emissions and keeps countries in a dangerous and damaging cycle of poverty and corruption.
The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan is the EUs flagship tool to improve the way forests are owned and managed and stimulate the trade in legally sourced timber with the EU.
For some, success in the FLEGT Action Plan can be judged according to arrival of FLEGT licensed timber in the EU. Fern measures success according to how well governance has improved including effective involvement of civil society groups and local communities, and increased transparency and accountability.
FOREST LAW ENFORCEMENT, GOVERNANCE AND TRADE (FLEGT) related resources
A Green New Deal for Forests
Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, has promised to deliver a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office. For such a deal to truly tackle the challenges of climate change, it will need to ensure healthy growing forests inside and outside of Europe that are good for people, our climate and nature.
Our Forests Our Lives
From remarkable land rights achievements to the devastating Amazon fires, 2019 is the year forests moved up the global climate agenda.
In part, this is due to the growing realisation that deforestation affects us all.
This Land is Ours
Alexandra Benjamin interviews Liberian women struggling for their land rights, and examines the law that could finally help bring them justice.