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Needs Assessment for the EU–China Joint Training Course on FLEGT undergoes peer review

A peer review meeting of a needs assessment to look into the EU – China Joint Training Course was attended by 15 representatives of government agencies, universities and related organisations.

Two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents translated

Two new documents with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the EU Timber Regulation have been published by the European Forest Institute’s EU FLEGT Facility.

New study looks at potential impacts of FLEGT on the Bolivian timber sector

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) developed an inventory of current activities on FLEGT in Bolivia tocontribute to a growing awareness among key Bolivian...

Peer Review of Needs Assessment for EU China Joint Training Course for FLEGT

The Peer Review meeting, involving 15 participants from government agencies, universities and other related organizations was held on 16 September at the People’s University of China (Renmin...

Stakeholder Mapping Workshop held in Thailand

A workshop to present the study “Forestry Stakeholder Mapping in Thailand”, undertaken with the support of EFI’s EU FLEGT Asia regional funding, took place on the 23rd of July in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Relaunch of negotiations on the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the EU

On 31 August 2012 the Ministry of Environment of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced the resumption of work of the Technical Commission in charge of the FLEGT VPA negotiations with the...

New EFI publication summarises progress on the FLEGT Action Plan

In late 2010, the European Commission and EU Member States reviewed the implementation of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan, known as the FLEGT Action Plan.

US enforces the Lacey Act in Gibson Guitar case

The American guitar manufacturer Gibson Guitar has entered into a criminal enforcement agreement with the US Department of Justice.

New Era for Indonesia’s Timber Governance

Launch of Timber Legality Verification Information System to Reform Timber Governance and Bureaucracy and to Stop the Trade of Illegal Timber.

EUTR perspectives - The producing country view

Achmad Edi Nugroho, Indonesian Co-Director of the Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme and Andy Roby, MFP UK Co-Director and FLEGT VPA Facilitator: "High expectations – The producing...

FLEGT and REDD+ projects eligible for financing under EuropeAid call for proposals

A general call for proposals in the Thematic Programme for Environment and sustainable management of natural resources, including energy (ENRTP) has been published online.

Moving forward with forest governance

The latest ETFRN News (Nr. 53) shows the importance of VPAs, REDD+ and other international instruments as drivers to address governance in the forest sector.

EUTR perspectives - The non-governmental organisation (NGO) view

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) is the element of the EU FLEGT Action Plan that has seen most heated discussion between NGOs and the European Commission.

EUTR perspectives - The view of the beverage carton industry

For beverage carton manufacturers, SIG Combibloc, Elopak and Tetra Pak, and their paperboard suppliers, Stora Enso and Korsnäs, responsible sourcing is both a business imperative and an...

EFI's EU FLEGT News May/June 2012 released!

The 14th issue of EFI's EU FLEGT Newsletter has been released in English, French and Spanish. Click here to subscribe to the bimonthly Newsletter.

EUTR perspectives - The trade federation view

Around 10% of the timber we use in Europe is imported from outside the EU and a large proportion of that is independently certified as sourced from legal and well-managed forests.

Guyana and the EU start negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement

The VPA will help ensure that only timber verified to be legal under Guyana law can be exported to the EU.

Report on forest and forest-related stakeholder consultations in Malaysia published

The report ‘Mapping of Forest and Forest- Related Stakeholder Consultations in Malaysia’ provides an inventory of relevant stakeholder consultations covering the period from beginning of 2000 to...