Cameroon has around 20 million hectares of forest, which is almost half of its national territory. Most of this forest area has been permanently allocated to long-term forest production or conservation, with a smaller area intended for community forestry. The forest sector contributes around 6% of GDP. Cameroon is Africa's largest exporter of tropical hardwood to the EU, most of which is sawn timber that goes to Italy and Spain.
Cameroon has signed a VPA with the EU. The aims of the VPA are to strengthen forest governance, promote Cameroon's timber products and improve Cameroon's competitiveness in the international marketplace. The VPA also encourages investment in sustainable forest management and strengthens the capacity of forest stakeholders.
Cameroon is developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber.
For more information, visit the Cameroon FLEGT VPA website.
Voluntary Partnership Agreement status
Cameroon and the EU have both ratified the VPA and are now overseeing implementation of the agreement.
- VPA entry into force: 1 December 2011
- VPA ratified: 1 December 2011
- VPA signed: 6 October 2010
- VPA agreed: 6 May 2010
- Negotiations started: November 2007
News from Cameroon
Visit the Cameroon media room to keep up to date
- Briefing: Timber trade flows and investments between China and VPA countries 04.04.2017
- Cameroon and the EU release 2015 report on VPA progress 20.07.2016
- Short-term technical assistance to the Republic of Cameroon for the implementation of the Legality Verification System in 2016-2017 in the context of the Cameroon-EU APV-FLEGT 06.05.2016
- Legal timber trade with EU can be big business for small companies in Cameroon 18.12.2015
- Cameroon and the EU release 2014 report on VPA progress 10.11.2015
Cameroon-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement [PDF]