Ghana, EU publish report on VPA progress from 2013-2017

Ghana, EU publish report on VPA progress from 2013-2017

Ghana and the European Union (EU) have published a report documenting progress in implementing their Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which aims to combat illegal logging, promote legal timber trade and foster good forest governance.

Forest in Ghana by Capture Ghana, EU FLEGT Facility

Under the VPA, Ghana will eventually verify the legality of all timber products exported to the EU. The products will be accompanied by ‘FLEGT’ licences that attest to their legality and automatically meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation.

The report covers the period 2013–2017 and tracks progress in eight areas: Development of Ghana’s timber legality assurance system; legislative reform; domestic market measures; preparation for trade in FLEGT-licensed timber; institutional strengthening; stakeholder engagement; communication and transparency; and monitoring.

For each aspect of VPA implementation, the report provides a year-on-year summary of key achievements. Highlights from 2017 include Ghana enacting major legislative reforms, completing the national rollout of its wood tracking system, and working with civil society to develop an online ‘transparency portal’ to make information on forest sector management publicly available in real time.

Download the report