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Chinese timber industry and rosewood producing countries hold first meeting on rosewood imports

China, the world’s largest importer of rosewood, invited leaders from government and industry to meet with representatives from seven rosewood producing countries to share experiences and to...

UK ups EU Timber Regulation enforcement

A year after the EU Timber Regulation came into force, the Government of the United Kingdom is ready to increase its efforts to enforce the regulations and investigate cases of non-compliance.

Cameroon–EU reports on VPA progress available in English and Spanish

Cameroon and the EU are reporting every year since 2010 on progress towards implementing the VPA.

Indonesia publishes action plan on advancing VPA implementation and FLEGT licensing

The Ministry of Forestry has posted the ‘Indonesian–EU Action Plan on Advancement of VPA Implementation' on the Indonesian Legal Wood website , Sistem Informasi Legalitas Kayu. The plan...

Industry leaders describe challenges to maintaining legal supply chains in Guangzhou

Forest industry leaders shared their thoughts on sourcing legal timber for their products during a timber legality training workshop in Guangzhou on 19 March.

Proforest and the EU REDD Facility publish briefings on FLEGT and REDD+

FLEGT and REDD+ are two innovative approaches to better forest governance worldwide.

China and the EU discuss collaboration on forest governance

Representatives from China and the EU met on 6 March in Beijing to discuss joint work for 2014 under their Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on FLEGT.

European Parliament gives consent to Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Indonesia

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.