FLEGT Week 2015

What is FLEGT Week?

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of the European Union was launched in 2003 to combat illegal timber and strengthen forest governance. FLEGT Week 2015 is a unique opportunity for the EC and its partners to reflect on the full scope of the Action Plan, including but not limited to VPAs and the EU Timber Regulation, learn from the achievements and challenges, and discuss technical aspects of FLEGT.

What is the objective of FLEGT Week?

The objective of FLEGT Week is to convene actors with an interest in FLEGT to discuss the implementation and future of the EU FLEGT Action Plan.

Who organises FLEGT Week?

FLEGT Week is organized by two directorates of the European Commission: Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development and Directorate-General for Environment. FLEGT Weeks have been organised regularly since 2005.

Outcomes of FLEGT Week 2015

Below you will see links to reports on daily sessions with stories, photographs, videos and presentations.

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FLEGT Week 2015: Crash Course on FLEGT, the Report

FLEGT Week 2015 was a unique opportunity to reflect on the full scope of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, including but not limited to VPAs and the EU Timber Regulation, learn from the achievements and challenges, and discuss technical aspects of FLEGT. It took place on 16-19 March in Brussels. 

Below you will see a summary of the Crash Course on FLEGT, that took place on Monday 16 March, from 9h to 12.30h. 

More than 80 people participated in the Crash Course on FLEGT to learn about the origins and the elements of the EU FLEGT Action Plan. In Hugh Speechly's overview of international forestry cooperation since 1970s, he explained how the Bali FLEG Conference was the watershed where governments for openly recognized for the first time the existence of illegal logging and the problem of corruption and poor governance in their forest sector. Statements made at the Conference led to the EU FLEGT Action Plan in 2003. Iola Leal introduced the EU institutional set-up and the supporting instruments related to FLEGT. Saskia Ozinga and Emily Fripp presented the civil society and private sector engagement in the development and implementation of the Action Plan.