On 21 December 2010 the government of the Central African Republic and the European Union signed a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement to tackle illegal logging. This briefing presents the point of view of civil society in Central African Republic and the EU, looking at what was in the signed agreement, what is at stake, and the challenges to implementation. It shows that the economic and social development goals of the VPA cannot be attained without respect for the rights of forest communities and the environment, and genuine political will.
Central African Republic civil society counterbrief
25 July 2012