Stakeholders in Republic of the Congo develop online tool for public monitoring of FLEGT legality indicators

The civil society organisations Cercle d'Appui à la Gestion Durable des Forêts (CAGDF) and  World Resources Institute (WRI) are developing an electronic database that will allow the public...

Assessing timber processing enterprises’ and the media’s need for information on the VPA in Vietnam

Vietnam's timber exporters see challenges ahead in fulfilling the technical requirements for assuring the legality of timber used in the processing industry, as the country continues negotiating a...

ECCAS organises Central African ministerial conference on the green economy and legal timber policy

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting the Conference of Ministers of ECCAS on the Fund for the Green Economy in...

Stakeholders explore options for improving legal compliance and enforcement related to forest conversion in Mekong countries

Experts from Cambodia,  Laos , Myanmar,  Thailand  and  Vietnam  with experience in FLEGT, REDD+ and corporate responsibility met to discuss forest conversion and...

EU FLEGT Facility news released

The July and August 2014 issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in English.

Côte d’Ivoire and the EU hold second VPA negotiation session

Representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and the EU met in Brussels from 24 to 26 June for the second negotiation session of the VPA.

Indonesia issues revised TLAS regulations and meets with EU to discuss next steps to FLEGT licensing

Indonesia issued two new regulations, in June and July, revising the national timber legality assurance system (TLAS), known in Indonesian as Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu (SVLK).

Vietnam VPA negotiations: moving forward on TLAS design

In July Vietnam shared its draft of a core element of the VPA, the timber legality assurance system (TLAS), with the EU and invited comments.

Latin American forest governance forum set for Quito in September

A forum on forest governance is scheduled for Quito, Ecuador, from 30 September to 3 October 2014.

Cameroon’s multistakeholder working group maintains momentum on VPA implementation

The joint implementation committee in Cameroon has set up a working group with members from a broad spectrum of stakeholders to move the VPA process forward.

Call for tender for an independent evaluation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan

The Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) is the European Union response to illegal logging. The European Commission is commissioning an external evaluation of the...

Côte d’Ivoire begins legality verification discussions following second VPA negotiation session with EU in Brussels

After an introduction of timber legality verification concepts during the second VPA negotiation sessions, the Technical Negotiation Committee, with the support of GIZ, the German agency for...

Stakeholders in Lao PDR plan ways to engage in VPA processes

Twenty participants in Lao PDR from government, private sector, civil society organisations and academic institutions participated in a workshop on stakeholder engagement in Siem Reap from 7 to 17...

Law enforcement officials consider adding forest and wildlife crime to the list of Serious Transnational Crimes in the ASEAN Region

During a three-day workshop held in Bangkok from 22 to 25 April, senior law enforcement officials from member countries of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met to discuss whether...

Forest governance practitioners gather in the UK for a comprehensive short course on best practices

For the fifth year in a row, the Improving Forest Governance course brought together forest governance practitioners from government, civil society and the private sector.

Republic of the Congo makes forest sector information public

In the Republic of the Congo, the Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development made forest sector information available in line with Annex X of the VPA.

VPA practitioners from central Africa share their achievements in public information in the forest sector

Forest and environment officials from five central African countries gathered in Douala, Cameroon, to share their experiences of developing and implementing the public information requirement noted...

Civil society organisation EcoDev begins training to raise awareness about FLEGT in Myanmar/Burma

More than 25 representatives of several civil society organisations from Tanintharyi and Sagaing regions, Yangon and Kachin State gathered in Yangon from 11 to 13 June to develop a coalition of...

Liberia and EU review VPA implementation in the first Joint Implementation Committee meeting

Members of the joint implementation committee (JIC) for the Liberia-EU VPA met for the first JIC meeting in Monrovia, on 27-29 May 2014.

Officials from China discuss legal timber trade with tropical wood suppliers from the Pacific region

Two officials from China’s State Forestry Administration attended the seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: Forest Policies for the 21st Century in Fiji from 12 to 23 May.