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...

Call for tender: FLEGT facilitator in Vietnam

Closing date for submission of tenders: 18 December 2013 16:00 CET

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...

China develops guidelines for due diligence on timber imports from Papua New Guinea

Guidelines on mitigating risk when procuring tropical hardwood from Papua New Guinea for Chinese enterprises was the topic of discussion in a workshop held by the Center for International Trade in...

EU FLEGT Facility news released

The September and October 2013 issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in  English . Click here to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter. This issue of the EU FLEGT...

VPA countries visit China to share lessons on combating the illegal timber trade

Representatives of several countries with VPAs have visited China to share their experiences with Chinese policy makers and timber industry leaders.

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.

As China’s timber consumption slows, timber industry seeks information on timber legality around the world

China is a major player in the international trade in timber products, but a slowdown in the domestic economy and the decline in the global economy since 2012 have affected timber consumption in...

Ghana and the EU report VPA progress

Ghana and the EU have published the third annual report on VPA implementation.

Legality of Chinese timber imports and exports discussed in manufacturing cities in China

TRAFFIC International has held a series of workshops in plywood and flooring manufacturing centres in China to inform industry leaders about legality verification, sustainable forest management and...

The EU FLEGT Facility gives prior notice for tenders

The EU FLEGT Facility will announce two open tenders in November.

Stakeholders in Ghana shape a framework to monitor effects of the VPA

The first meeting of the joint Ghana–EU working group on impact monitoring took place at the Little Acre Hotel in Aburi in Ghana on 13–14 August. Ghana is the first VPA partner...

FLEGT stakeholders in Asia identify capacity-building needs in regional workshop

A workshop aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of international timber market requirements and the available support programmes in Asia was held in Bangkok on 16 and 17 October.

Democratic Republic of the Congo drafts legality definition

Since the DRC and EU resumed VPA negotiations in May 2012, the VPA Technical Committee in DRC has been focusing on revising its draft legality definition for industrial forest concessions.

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.

Congolese forestry ministry officials continue coordination meetings with officials from other departments

Officials from the Congo forestry ministry are continuing their interministerial meetings at the departmental level on the roles and responsibilities of decentralised authorities, as the country...

Honduras and the EU hold second VPA negotiation session

The second VPA negotiation session between Honduras and the EU took place in Brussels on 3 October.

Indonesia and the EU sign a Voluntary Partnership Agreement

On 30 September 2013, representatives from the Government of Indonesia and the European Union (EU) marked their mutual commitment to ensuring that timber entering the EU is produced legally.