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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...

Indonesia posts draft regulations on timber legality assurance for comments

The Government of Indonesia invites comments until 15 May on its draft revised SVLK regulations to be issued in June this year. SVLK stands for Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu , Indonesia's...

Report on ASEAN timber trade, customs and timber legality released

The EU FLEGT Facility has released ASEAN timber trade, customs and timber legality: Scoping study . Timber legality and its associated trade is a longstanding issue in South-east Asia. This...

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.

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...

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...

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.

8th annual meeting of FLEGT projects shows shared commitment to combatting illegal logging

The EU remains fully committed to leading global efforts to fight illegal logging through the implementation of the FLEGT Action Plan.

Côte d’Ivoire provides VPA information on the lead ministry’s website

The Ministry of Water and Forests of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire now includes information on its website about the VPA it is negotiating with the EU. You can find updated videos, a photo gallery...

The Facility publishes a brief titled ‘How can a VPA contribute to poverty reduction?’

The EU FLEGT Action Plan and Voluntary Partnership Agreements are based on the European Union’s strong commitment to poverty reduction.

Workshop builds understanding of VPAs in Myanmar

The EU and Myanmar’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry held a workshop on the EU FLEGT Action Plan in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, from 16 to 18 July.

Thailand formally requests VPA negotiations with the EU

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially requested the commencement of negotiations of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU.

Asia Pulp and Paper changes timber sourcing policy

APP announced its commitment to an immediate halt to clearing natural forest in Indonesia in a 5 February press release.

4th Joint Expert Meeting held in Malaysia

The fourth Joint Expert Meeting between the EU, represented by EFI, and the Government of Malaysia was held in Sabah in late January to advance the technical details of the VPA with Malaysia.

Indonesia and EU launch shipment test for legal timber export

Indonesia and the EU have carried out an exercise to test the performance of export and import procedures for timber shipments as part of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).

Civil society representatives from the forest sector bring experience and questions to the EU Parliament

On 9 October the high-level event “Guardians of the Forest?” was hosted by FERN and the European Parliament, with the participation of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Yannick Jadot and...

US enforces the Lacey Act in Gibson Guitar case

The American guitar manufacturer Gibson Guitar has entered into a criminal enforcement agreement with the US Department of Justice.

EUTR perspectives - The producing country view

Achmad Edi Nugroho, Indonesian Co-Director of the Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme and Andy Roby, MFP UK Co-Director and FLEGT VPA Facilitator: "High expectations – The producing...

Moving forward with forest governance

The latest ETFRN News (Nr. 53) shows the importance of VPAs, REDD+ and other international instruments as drivers to address governance in the forest sector.