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Honduras and the EU test the VPA on the ground

Honduras and the EU test the VPA on the ground Honduras has moved a step closer towards concluding a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) after completing a...

Vietnam and the EU agree in principle on FLEGT VPA

After nearly six years of negotiations, the European Union and Vietnam have agreed in principle on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to improve forest governance, address illegal logging and...

From negotiation to implementation: VPA countries share lessons with Guyana

From negotiation to implementation: VPA countries share lessons with Guyana Guyana needs to ensure that the transition from negotiating to implementing its Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)...

Guyana and the EU complete fourth VPA negotiation session

Guyana and the EU complete fourth VPA negotiation session Representatives of Guyana and the EU discussed stakeholder participation, a draft legality definition and details of the country’s...

Taking to the airwaves to reach Guyana’s Amerindian FLEGT stakeholders

Taking to the airwaves to reach Guyana’s Amerindian FLEGT stakeholders From the small village of Annai, Radio Paiwomak beams news, current affairs and music to thousands of listeners...

Honduras and the EU begin fifth negotiation of a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement

Honduras and the EU begin fifth negotiation of a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement Today marks the start of the fifth round of negotiations of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the...

The Republic of the Congo and the EU review progress towards VPA implementation

The Republic of the Congo and the European Union held the third meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) in Brazzaville on 25 and 26 November. The JIC discussed issues related to...

Guyana and the EU concluded the third Voluntary Partnership Agreement negotiation session

Guyana and the EU held the third formal VPA negotiation session on 16 April in Georgetown. Technical discussions focused on a variety of topics including: product scope, legality definition,...

Côte d’Ivoire and the EU hold second VPA negotiation session

Representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and the EU met in Brussels from 24 to 26 June for the second negotiation session of the VPA.

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.

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...

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

Côte d’Ivoire prepares for second round of VPA negotiations

Côte d’Ivoire has begun preparations for the second round of VPA negotiations with the EU with a technical session held in Abidjan on 19–21 February.

Vietnam and EU chart course to conclude VPA negotiations

A series of activities underway in Vietnam have taken the country closer towards concluding its VPA.

Thailand sets up new institutions to manage the VPA process

The first joint expert meeting between the Kingdom of Thailand and the EU took place in Bangkok on 13–14 November.

Workshop explores synergies between FLEGT VPAs and forest certification schemes

Representatives of the private sector, civil society, government and certification schemes endorsed by PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) discussed VPAs and certification at...

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.

Honduras gears up for second round of VPA negotiations, welcomes FLEGT Facilitator

The Honduras Forest Institute has been intensifying its efforts to improve stakeholder representation for the country’s VPA negotiations with the EU.

Guyana to conduct additional stakeholder consultations on the VPA

Guyana is organising stakeholder consultations in addition to those originally planned, following its second VPA negotiation session with the EU, held in Brussels on 18 July.
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