Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has around 5.4 million hectares of forest, which is less than 10% of its total land area. However, the forest sector contributes around 4% of GDP and 40% of the country's export earnings. The Central African Republic exports timber to Europe, China and North America and within Africa to Cameroon and Chad.

The Central African Republic has signed a VPA with the EU. The aim of the VPA is to improve forest sector governance by clarifying and simplifying management rules, ensuring increased transparency and use of public information, and respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and local resources.

The Central African Republic is developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber. It will use these systems for timber and timber products exported not only to the EU, but also to other destinations worldwide.




Voluntary Partnership Agreement status

  • VPA entry into force: 1 July 2012
  • VPA ratified: 1 July 2012
  • VPA signed: 28 November 2011
  • VPA agreed: 21 December 2010
  • Negotiations started: October 2009

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