News archive 2013

Cameroon and the EU release 2013 report on VPA progress

Cameroon and the EU have released a joint report on progress in implementing the Cameroon-EU VPA in 2013. Based on the 2013 work plan of the joint implementation committee, the report...

Vietnam and EU chart course to conclude VPA negotiations

A series of activities underway in Vietnam have taken the country closer towards concluding its VPA.

VPA between Liberia and EU comes into force

The VPA between Liberia and the EU came into force on 1 December, following its ratification by the two countries.

Thailand sets up new institutions to manage the VPA process

The first joint expert meeting between the Kingdom of Thailand and the EU took place in Bangkok on 13–14 November.

VPA implementation in Indonesia continues to advance

The EU and Indonesia agreed a draft action plan for the ongoing implementation of their VPA during a meeting in Jakarta in late November.

Liberia and the EU report VPA progress

Liberia and the EU have published a progress report on the preparation for the VPA implementation. It covers the period 2011-2012 and has been produced by the Voluntary Partnership...

Ghana reports progress in verification procedures and timber tracking system

Ghana and the EU reconfirmed their commitment to the VPA process in Ghana during the sixth session of the Joint Monitoring and Review Mechanism (JMRM) in Accra on 19–22 November.

Workshop explores synergies between FLEGT VPAs and forest certification schemes

Representatives of the private sector, civil society, government and certification schemes endorsed by PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) discussed VPAs and certification at...

China and VPA countries share experiences stopping illegal trade in timber

Chinese policy makers and timber industry members met for the first time with representatives of five African countries and Indonesia to enhance cooperation in a global effort to stop illegal...

Guidance on the EU Timber Regulation for VPA countries now available in Chinese

EFI has produced a brief document about how the EU Timber Regulation and Voluntary Partnership Agreements work together to combat illegal logging and improve forest governance. The Fact Sheet is...

Call for tender: FLEGT facilitator in Vietnam

Closing date for submission of tenders: 18 December 2013 16:00 CET

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission calls for more information and capacity on FLEGT

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), one of six FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, convened in Rotorua, New Zealand, on 5–8 November to discuss policy and technical issues and...

China develops guidelines for due diligence on timber imports from Papua New Guinea

Guidelines on mitigating risk when procuring tropical hardwood from Papua New Guinea for Chinese enterprises was the topic of discussion in a workshop held by the Center for International Trade in...

EU FLEGT Facility news released

The September and October 2013 issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in  English . Click here to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter. This issue of the EU FLEGT...

VPA countries visit China to share lessons on combating the illegal timber trade

Representatives of several countries with VPAs have visited China to share their experiences with Chinese policy makers and timber industry leaders.

Companies exporting timber products to the EU, United States and Australia receive legality training

TRAFFIC and WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network provided training on timber legality in Russia, China and Indonesia in October with additional sessions to be run in November.

As China’s timber consumption slows, timber industry seeks information on timber legality around the world

China is a major player in the international trade in timber products, but a slowdown in the domestic economy and the decline in the global economy since 2012 have affected timber consumption in...

Ghana and the EU report VPA progress

Ghana and the EU have published the third annual report on VPA implementation.

Legality of Chinese timber imports and exports discussed in manufacturing cities in China

TRAFFIC International has held a series of workshops in plywood and flooring manufacturing centres in China to inform industry leaders about legality verification, sustainable forest management and...