This briefing note looking at what has been achieved so far by FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) finds that the EU has played a central role in ensuring various civil society groups are involved in the VPA negotiating process. Without EU pressure on governments and officials, civil society groups would not have been able to participate. In most cases the VPA process worked well. Negotiations have seen a level of involvement of civil society organisations – local environmental, social and human rights groups – never seen before in the forestry sector in the countries concerned, with the exception of Malaysia where government actions have made such involvement difficult.
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