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Stakeholder groups in Laos help further VPA negotiations

The National Negotiation Support and Development Committee, with support from the EU FLEGT Facility, identified the key elements of a roadmap for VPA negotiations during a stakeholder workshop in...

China and Russia discuss cross-border timber trade and timber legality

Government officials, business leaders and members of civil society from China and Russia met at a workshop in February to discuss timber legality and the cross-border trade between China and the...

Côte d’Ivoire prepares for second round of VPA negotiations

Côte d’Ivoire has begun preparations for the second round of VPA negotiations with the EU with a technical session held in Abidjan on 19–21 February.

WRI launches a new online forest mapping tool

The World Resources Institute and its partners from across the world launched Global Forest Watch (GFW) on 20 February.

Ghana Forestry Commission holds VPA conference in London

Business operators and NGOs from Europe attended a conference in London on 5 February to learn about Ghana's progress in implementing its VPA.

Indonesia and EU hold first review of VPA implementation plans

Representatives of Indonesia, the EU Delegation to Indonesia and the EU FLEGT Facility met in Jakarta on 28–29 January 2014 and marked progress on VPA implementation.

Report of the 8th FLEGT annual coordination meeting is available

The report  of the eighth FLEGT annual coordination meeting, which took place on 9-11 October 2013, is available. About 150 people from the European Commission, the European...

Joint implementation committee outlines priorities for Cameroon’s VPA

The joint implementation committee for the VPA between Cameroon and the EU has outlined a priority action plan for implementation of the VPA throughout 2014. The committee agreed on the action plan...

Stakeholders from Mekong countries discuss ideas for forest governance curriculum

Stakeholders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand and Vietnam met in a workshop in Laos on 8–10 January to discuss the development of academic curriculums on forest governance.

Cameroon and the EU report on VPA progress

Cameroon and the EU have released two joint reports on progress in implementing the Cameroon-EU VPA.

Brief on VPAs and poverty reduction is now available in French and Spanish

A driving feature of the EU FLEGT Action Plan and VPAs is the EU’s strong commitment to poverty reduction.

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...