News archive 2012

ITTO workshop on Timber Tracking Technologies

A workshop on timber tracking technologies was organised by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) with collaboration and co-funding from the Government of Japan, the Malaysian...

European Union ratifies bilateral Liberia–EU VPA

On 15 May the EU Council took the decision to conclude the Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Liberia which the European Parliament had approved on 19 April.

Oportunidades de un AVA para Honduras

El Ministro Director del Instituto Nacional de Conservación y Desarrollo Forestal, Áreas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre de Honduras, José Trinidad Suazo Bulnes se expresa en Brusselas durante la...

Honduras y la UE establecen las bases para un Acuerdo Voluntario de Asociación

“Los bosques constituyen un tesoro único, pero para aprovecharlos tenemos que saber gestionarlos de manera sostenible” declaró el Ministro de Honduras José Trinidad Suazo en Bruselas el 26 de abril.

Find FLEGT projects in your region

Browse the new interactive map of FLEGT projects produced by the European Commission.

Honduras and EU lay groundwork for first VPA in the Americas

Honduras and the European Union have agreed to start internal preparations for formal negotiation of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement under the European EU FLEGT Action Plan.

Multistakeholder consultation held in Malaysia

Special VPA Stakeholder consultations/briefings in Malaysia started in 2007, and between March and May this year three National-level stakeholder consultations were organised by the Malaysian...

Online database of large-scale land deals

The Land Matrix, part of the website, is an interesting public database which provides a visualisation of records documenting large-scale land deals in agricultural and industrial...

Workshop on Strategic Planning for Southeast Asian Forestry

From the 21st to the 23rd of March ASEAN and the FAO organised a strategic planning workshop for Southeast Asian Forestry in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Honduras seeks to join the EU FLEGT process through a VPA

The minister director of the National Forest Conservation and Development, Protected Areas and Wildlife Institute (ICF) José Trinidad Suazo Bulnes, announced on 17 April his intention to visit...

Transparency International-Malaysia launches website to reduce illegal logging

Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) has launched an innovative and user-friendly website for Malaysians to try and reduce illegal logging cases.

Voluntary Partnership Agreements show promise in reducing poverty

In her research, Dr. Mary Hobley has found Voluntary Partnership Agreements to be an interesting instrument for poverty reduction.

EFI's EU FLEGT News March/April 2012 released!

The 13th issue of EFI's EU FLEGT Newsletter has been released in English, French and Spanish. Join the mailing list here.

Ratification of the EU-Liberia VPA underway

Representatives from the governments of Liberia and the European Union met in Monrovia, Liberia, 26-30 March to prepare for expected ratification of the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)...

FLEGT Outreach in China

From the 26th to 28th of March a number of FLEGT briefings were held to raise awareness on the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Action plan.

Vietnam TLAS Working Group visits Indonesia on Study Tour

In early March, members of the Viet Nam Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) Working Group participated in an Indonesian study tour to learn about the design and implementation of the national...

Ghana and the EU reaffirmed their commitment to effective implementation of the VPA

On 15 March 2012 the Government of Ghana and the European Union (EU) reaffirmed their commitment to effective implementation of the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) at the 4th meeting of...

Guyana suggests to negotiate a VPA on legal timber

The Government of Guyana has suggested to the European Union to start negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which will help ensure that only timber verified to be legal under Guyana...

EFI's EU FLEGT News January/February 2012 published!

The 12th issue of EFI's EU FLEGT Newsletter has been released in English, French and Spanish. Click here to join the mailing list.

Thai government puts forest rehabilitation and preservation on national agenda

Thailand is working to counter deforestation and has decided to allocate 3 billion baht to regenerate 7 million Rai (1,120,000 Hectares) of forest over the next five years.
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