Ten years since the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan was launched, and one month before the introduction of the EU Timber Regulation which makes it a criminal offence to put illegally sourced timber on the EU market, new research by FERN has shown strong forest governance improvements have already been achieved.
The EU FLEGT Action Plan includes the development of voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) with timber producing countries. International and national NGOs have been part of their design, and have helped ensure VPAs include essential principles of forest governance. FERN’s research shows these have been largely respected.
For those who are short of time, this presentation outlines the main issues: