Companies exporting timber products to the EU, United States and Australia receive legality training

TRAFFIC and WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network provided training on timber legality in Russia, China and Indonesia in October with additional sessions to be run in November.

As China’s timber consumption slows, timber industry seeks information on timber legality around the world

China is a major player in the international trade in timber products, but a slowdown in the domestic economy and the decline in the global economy since 2012 have affected timber consumption in...

Ghana and the EU report VPA progress

Ghana and the EU have published the third annual report on VPA implementation.

Legality of Chinese timber imports and exports discussed in manufacturing cities in China

TRAFFIC International has held a series of workshops in plywood and flooring manufacturing centres in China to inform industry leaders about legality verification, sustainable forest management and...

The EU FLEGT Facility gives prior notice for tenders

Stakeholders in Ghana shape a framework to monitor effects of the VPA

The first meeting of the joint Ghana–EU working group on impact monitoring took place at the Little Acre Hotel in Aburi in Ghana on 13–14 August. Ghana is the first VPA partner...

FLEGT stakeholders in Asia identify capacity-building needs in regional workshop

A workshop aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of international timber market requirements and the available support programmes in Asia was held in Bangkok on 16 and 17 October.

Democratic Republic of the Congo drafts legality definition

Since the DRC and EU resumed VPA negotiations in May 2012, the VPA Technical Committee in DRC has been focusing on revising its draft legality definition for industrial forest concessions.

8th annual meeting of FLEGT projects shows shared commitment to combatting illegal logging

The EU remains fully committed to leading global efforts to fight illegal logging through the implementation of the FLEGT Action Plan.

Congolese forestry ministry officials continue coordination meetings with officials from other departments

Officials from the Congo forestry ministry are continuing their interministerial meetings at the departmental level on the roles and responsibilities of decentralised authorities, as the country...

Honduras and the EU hold second VPA negotiation session

The second VPA negotiation session between Honduras and the EU took place in Brussels on 3 October.

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.

Côte d’Ivoire provides VPA information on the lead ministry’s website

The Ministry of Water and Forests of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire now includes information on its website about the VPA it is negotiating with the EU. You can find updated videos, a photo gallery...

Regional Workshop on Capacity Building Needs to Support Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in Asia

This workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 16 and 17 October 2013 and will provide an overview of international timber market requirements and the available support programmes in the region.

FLEGT incorporated into regional SFM training in Mekong Region

Twelve forestry officials from Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam took part in APFNet’s Training for DG Level Forestry Officials from the Mekong Region, held in Kunming,...

Thailand and EU announce the start of VPA negotiations

The Kingdom of Thailand and the EU have officially begun negotiations for a VPA, as confirmed in an announcement on 11 September.

EU FLEGT Facility news released

The June, July and August 2013 issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in English. Click here to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter.

Preparations continue for the first round of VPA negotiations in Thailand

Stakeholders in Thailand are preparing for the launch of formal VPA negotiations between Thailand and the EU.