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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.

Malaysia and EU advance VPA process

On 20 and 21 May 2014, Malaysia and the EU continued their VPA negotiations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, making progress on technical and political dimensions

EU FLEGT Facility news released

The March and April 2014 issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in  English , French and Spanish . Click here to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter. This issue...

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...

FLEGT practitioners in Ghana coordinate actions on domestic timber legal reform

Ten organisations working on the VPA in Ghana met to present their projects and to coordinate their activities at a one-day meeting organised by the Ghana Forestry Commission and the EU delegation...

Ghana and the EU report on VPA progress in 2011

Ghana and the EU have published the second annual report on VPA implementation covering the period from January to December 2011.

Experts from APEC countries share experiences in developing timber legality assurance systems at workshop in China

Timber and forestry experts from government agencies, NGOs, certification bodies, research institutions and the timber industry from 10 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries shared...