Publications & Insight
Progress towards strong forest governance in Voluntary Partnership Agreement countries 2018-2020
Tropical forests and those who depend on them are at greatest risk where their governance is weak. The Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) that the EU - and, post-Brexit, the UK independently - establishes with forested...
NGOs across the globe urge European Commission to uphold commitments to FLEGT
Forest rich countries have invested time, energy, and resources in cleaning up their forest sector and have achieved important successes. NGOs have joined forces to tell the European Commission that the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan is more important than ever.
Raising the bar: Strengthening EU biodiversity and climate leadership through FLEGT and Forest Partnerships
This statement summarises the views of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and West and Central Africa. These organisations help address the key challenges threatening forests around...
Forest Governance 3 - April 2021
FLEGT-VPAs: Worth fighting for
Liberia’s FLEGT process: EU to take away the “one glimmer of hope”?
The EU seems to be considering rewarding Liberia’s administrative foot-dragging by abandoning FLEGT – communities and CSOs fear the pillage of Liberia’s remaining forests.
Ghana’s VPA process: The rising tide that lifts all ships
That parts of the European Commission seem to be losing interest in the flagship governance programme, even as Ghana’s hope to issue licences is renewed, has sent a shockwave
FLEGT ‘Fitness Check’: Abandoning FLEGT licenses would harm forest governance and the legal timber trade
Civil society organisations urge the EU to stay the course with visionary FLEGT programme
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...
Why is it important to fight illegal logging? - FAQ
What are the causes of illegal logging?
Illegal logging occurs when timber is harvested, transported, processed, bought or sold in violation of national or international laws.
It is driven by demand for timber, paper and...
Key elements for an agreement between the EU and cocoa-producing countries, to ensure sustainability in the cocoa sector
The European Commission is exploring bilateral agreements with the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to ensure sustainability in the cocoa sector, and in particular to tackle deforestation, farmer poverty and child labour.