All about the Côte d'Ivoire-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement
Over the past century, Côte d’Ivoire’s forest cover has shrunk from around 16 million hectares to less than three million hectares, with only about 500 000 hectares of primary forest remaining. Deforestation has been mainly driven by conversion of forest to agriculture, some of which has been illegal. Nevertheless, forests still make an important contribution to Côte d’Ivoire’s economy, and provide jobs and livelihoods for local people. Most industrial production of timber is destined for the export market.
As part of a broad effort to improve governance in the country, Côte d’Ivoire has taken a series of steps to improve governance of its forest sector. In addition to reforms in forest law, in 2013, Côte d'Ivoire entered the process of negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union. Since that time, two formal negotiation sessions have taken place, in addition to regular technical missions and exchanges, and substantial advances at the national level.
Two of Côte d'Ivoire's neighbours, Ghana and Liberia, are implementing VPAs.
- Governance gain in Côte d’Ivoire with new contract for independent forest observers 29.04.2016
- Côte d’Ivoire and the EU hold second VPA negotiation session 04.09.2014
- Côte d’Ivoire begins legality verification discussions following second VPA negotiation session with EU in Brussels 23.07.2014
- Côte d’Ivoire negotiation group refines definition of legal timber 11.04.2014
- Côte d’Ivoire prepares for second round of VPA negotiations 24.02.2014