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: Opening plenary and policy discussion, 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 the highlights of the opening plenary and policy discussion.

Highlights

  • FLEGT Week opened with a policy discussion at which stakeholders from governments, private sector and civil society examined the past, present and future of FLEGT
  • The debate focused on the pace of progress, continued challenges, evidence of impacts and on how to ensure the enduring relevance of FLEGT in a rapidly changing world.
  • There was broad support for FLEGT and an appetite for it to evolve to address challenges in implementation and match the changes that have taken place since the Action Plan was created

Featuring

Moderator James Astill, The Economist

Opening remarks Karl Falkenberg, Director-General of the Directorate-General Environment, European Commission

Master of ceremonies Bernard Crabbé, Head – Forest Sector, Directorate-General Development Cooperation, European Commission

Keynote speaker Penny Davies, Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Panelists

  • Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Development and Growth, Directorate-General Development Cooperation, European Commission
  • Yannick Jadot, Member of the European Parliament
  • Sue Unsworth, Principal, The Policy Practice
  • Harrison Karnwea, Director, Forest Development Authority, Liberia
  • Lisa Ann Elges, Leader of the Climate Finance Integrity Program, Transparency International
  • Katarina Maaskant, Head of Public Affairs, IKEA
  • Hans-Joachim Danzer, Director, Danzer Group