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
Healthy forests = equitable livelihoods, inclusive development and a resilient climate
This briefing endorsed by Client Earth, the Environmental Investigation Agency, Fern, Forest Peoples Programme, and Transparency International details what the EU can do to ensure that healthy forests contribute to local...
Draft Decree of Vietnam’s timber legality system lacks teeth says the Vietnamese NGO FLEGT network
Vietnam’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) is designed to end the illegal timber trade by tackling its root causes. At its heart is a commitment to adopt a robust timber legality assurance system,...
Deepening and expanding multi-stakeholder participation in VPAs to achieve greater impact
VPA update, June 2019
One of the unique features of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) – which form a key part of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan – is that they allow a variety of actors (government, private sector, civil society and forest communities) to discuss how forests should be managed.
The Laos-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement: Laos civil society takes stock
This briefing outlines Civil Society’s involvement in the EU-Laos Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). It explains how their engagement is influencing the content, improving...