About the Facility
The EU FLEGT Facility supports the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan with a focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). The EU FLEGT Action Plan sets out a programme of actions that forms the EU’s response to the problem of illegal logging and the trade in associated timber products. The Facility is hosted by the European Forest Institute (EFI), and was established in 2007.
What we do
- Support governments and other stakeholder groups in timber-exporting countries that are considering, negotiating or implementing a VPA
- Strengthen regional action and cooperation in support of the Action Plan, good forest governance, and international trade in verified legal timber in Africa, Asia and Latin America
- Support EU work on FLEGT initiatives
- Assess linkages and strengthen synergies among initiatives stemming from the Action Plan and REDD+, working closely with the EU REDD Facility
- Support the EU–China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance
- Inform timber-exporting countries about the Action Plan and VPAs
- Support national dialogue in timber-exporting countries on whether to pursue a VPA
- Advise partner countries on multistakeholder processes and timber legality assurance systems
- Assist in strengthening a partner country’s capacity to meet the requirements set out in the VPA
- Build and disseminate knowledge and information, drawing from lessons learnt and experience gained in VPA processes
- Commission studies on market developments, trade flows, timber legality assurance system testing and other matters
- Collaborate with regional programmes to complement and support actions already taking place
FLEGT and REDD+
The Facility assesses linkages and strengthens synergies between initiatives stemming from the EU FLEGT Action Plan and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation), the key international programme under development to combat climate change in the forestry sector. It works closely with the EU REDD Facility.
The EU FLEGT Facility is funded by the EU and the governments of Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.