Republic of the Congo
All about the Republic of the Congo-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement
Forests cover around 65% of the Republic of the Congo, and they are the country's most valuable natural resource after oil. Out of the total 21 million hectares, around 14 million hectares are currently dedicated to timber production. Congo's main markets for timber exports are China, South-East Asia and the EU.
Congo has ratified a VPA with the EU and is developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber. It will use these systems to cover timber and timber products exported not only to the EU, but also to other destinations worldwide. The systems will eventually also apply to timber and timber products sold within Congo.
For more information, visit the Congo FLEGT VPA website.
- L’UE et le Congo reconduisent leurs recommandations de 2018 sur la gouvernance forestière 18.06.2019
- Congo, EU guide their 2019 work on forest governance 18.12.2018
- Ghana and Liberia share timber legality lessons with Laos and the Republic of the Congo 25.01.2019
- Republic of the Congo and the EU release 2017 annual report on VPA progress 17.10.2018
- Congo, EU take stock of implementation of their forest governance Agreement 26.06.2018