Republic of the Congo

Forests cover around 65% of the area of the Republic of the Congo, and forest is the country's second most valuable natural resource after oil. Around 3.5 million hectares of forest has been set aside as protected zones, and another 19 million hectares is intended for timber production. Congo's main markets for timber exports are the EU and China.

Congo has ratified a VPA with the EU.

Congo is developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber. It will use these systems to cover timber and timber products exported not only to the EU, but also to other destinations worldwide. The systems will also apply to timber and timber products sold within Congo.

For more information, visit the Congo FLEGT VPA website.




Voluntary Partnership Agreement status

  • VPA entry into force: 1 March 2013
  • VPA ratified: 19 February 2013
  • VPA signed: 17 May 2010
  • VPA agreed: 9 May 2009
  • Negotiations started: June 2008

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