Indonesia and the EU adopt new timber trade legality rules in a move expected to boost bilateral timber trade

Since 1 January 2013 Indonesia requires the export of timber products to be accompanied by V-Legal Document, assuring the legality of the products from the point of harvesting to transporting,...

Cameroon to focus on ‘certificate of legality’ in 2013

At the third meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee in Yaoundé in late November, the EU and Cameroon evaluated the progress of VPA implementation and agreed on priorities for this year.

Vietnamese NGOs report on public consultations on the draft legality definition

Members of the Vietnamese NGO FLEGT Network met with the Director of the Vietnam Forestry Administration on 25 December to report on public consultations on the draft legality definition.

New Booklet available on “International Developments in Trade in Legal Timber”

The United States, the European Union and Australia are large producers and consumers of timber and timber products.

Civil society in the DRC prepares to engage in ongoing VPA negotiations

As VPA negotiations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue, the DRC and EU negotiation teams have agreed to hold monthly video-conference meetings to advance discussions on the...

Cameroon’s working group on corruption and the VPA holds its first meeting

Cameroon’s newly formed working group on corruption and the VPA met for the first time in December to analyse corrupt practices that could affect VPA implementation.

Guyana and the EU begin Voluntary Partnership Agreement negotiations

The first VPA negotiation session between Guyana and the European Union was held 5 December 2012 in Guyana’s capital Georgetown.

EFI's EU FLEGT News released!

The 16th issue of EFI's EU FLEGT newsletter has been released in English, French and Spanish. Click here to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter.

Australian legislation to combat global illegal logging passes through Parliament

Australian legislation prohibiting the importation of illegally logged timber products has now passed through Parliament.

Inauguration: EFI’s EU FLEGT Asia China Office

The new European Forest Institute’s EU FLEGT Asia China Joint Project Office opened on 14 November, in Beijing, in a private ceremony.

Guidance on the EU Timber Regulation published

The European Commission has published a guidance document which explains aspects of the EU Timber Regulation and the two secondary acts.

Indonesia and EU launch shipment test for legal timber export

Indonesia and the EU have carried out an exercise to test the performance of export and import procedures for timber shipments as part of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).

Workshop in preparation for VPA negotiations held in Lao PDR

A workshop was held in Vientiane on 22–23 November in preparation for the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) negotiations between the European Union and the Government of Lao PDR, which...

Study for understanding timber flows and control in Lao PDR published

The key objective of this study is to improve the understanding of timber flows in Lao PDR and to understand the roles of the government agencies involved in the timber supply chain, from forest...

Civil society representatives from the forest sector bring experience and questions to the EU Parliament

On 9 October the high-level event “Guardians of the Forest?” was hosted by FERN and the European Parliament, with the participation of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Yannick Jadot and...

Laos, Germany agree support for timber trade control

In early October the Lao government and the German Agency for International Development (GIZ) in Laos agreed minutes for a new 5.8 million euro technical cooperation project.

Study on Timber Flows and their control in Thailand published

The timber flows study was undertaken to provide an understanding of the domestic, imported and exported timber flows in Thailand, and their control through the Royal Forestry Department (RFD) and...

EFI's EU FLEGT News released!

The 15th issue of EFI's EU FLEGT Newsletter has been released in English, French and Spanish. Click here to subscribe to the bimonthly Newsletter.

Submission deadline extended to 16 October for FLEGT projects eligible for financing under a EuropeAid call for proposals

The general call for proposals from the Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Including Energy (ENRTP) published last May, has extended its deadline...