News archive 2016


Factsheet and briefing on VPAs and SDGs released

The EU FLEGT Facility has released a factsheet and a briefing on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). VPAs between the EU and timber-exporting countries are among the measures of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, which aims to tackle illegal logging by improving forest governance and promoting trade in legal timber products. But the multidimensional nature of VPAs means they reach beyond the forest sector. VPA processes can strengthen regulatory frameworks, modernise and formalise forest sectors, improve business practices, build capacities, and increase transparency, accountability and multistakeholder participation in decision-making. Such gains underpin many aspects of sustainable development enshrined in the SDGs.

Download the factsheet VPAs for SDGs

Download the briefing VPAs, governance and SDGs