FLEGT Week 2015: FLEGT and tackling drivers of deforestation, the Report

FLEGT Week 2015 was a unique opportunity to reflect on the full scope of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, including but not limited to VPAs and the EU Timber Regulation, learn from the achievements and challenges, and discuss technical aspects of FLEGT. It took place on 16-19 March in Brussels. 

Below you will see the highlights of the thematic seminar: FLEGT and tackling drivers of deforestation, that took place Wednesday 198 March, from 9:00 to 12:30.


  • Conversion for agriculture is the largest driver of deforestation. An estimated 50% of all tropical deforestation is illegal and timber and agricultural commodities derived from such conversion are destined for the EU market  

  • EU FLEGT Action Plan instruments can be used to prevent illegal conversion timber from entering the EU markets

  • Improved governance is crucial is address illegal forest land conversion

  • A broad range of instruments are emerging to secure forest friendly development, including private sector commitments on zero-deforestation, REDD+ and green growth strategies

  • Drivers of deforestation should be addressed through more coherent EU policies frame 


Moderator Julia Falconer, DFID


  • Sam Lawson, Earthsight
  • Phuc To, Forest Trends Vietnam
  • An Lambrechts, Greenpeace
  • Luz Stella Pulido, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
  • Patrice Kamkuimo, CED, Cameroon
  • Giuliana Torta, European Commission, DG Environment
  • Peter Wehrheim, European Commission, DG Climate Action
  • Harrison Karnwea, Forestry Development Authority Liberia
  • Neil Judd, Proforest
  • Tran Thi Thuy Hoa, Vietnam Rubber Association
  • Saskia Ozinga, FERN
  • Penny Davies, Ford Foundation

Reporters Daphne Hewitt, EU FAO FLEGT Programme, Lea Turunen, EU FLEGT Facility, and Christophe Van Orshoven, EU REDD Facility

Keywords Conversion timber, forest friendly commodities, land use, deforestation, FLEGT, VPA