News archive 2013

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.

Liberia welcomes service providers to help with VPA implementation

Two new service providers have been selected to support Liberia in implementing its VPA.

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.

Vietnam marks progress in negotiations, technical elements and assessment of livelihood impacts

Lead VPA negotiators for Vietnam and the EU assessed their progress in negotiations during a videoconference in June.

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.

European timber operators and traders gain insights into the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT licensed timber

An informational event on the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT licensed timber took place during the French timber trade fair ‘Carrefour International du Bois’ in Nantes from 6 to 8 June.

Priming the ports: Reports on testing import procedures for FLEGT-licensed timber now available

The EU FLEGT Facility has just made available a report on the testing of export and import procedures for Indonesia’s timber and timber products.

The Facility publishes a brief titled ‘How can a VPA contribute to poverty reduction?’

The EU FLEGT Action Plan and Voluntary Partnership Agreements are based on the European Union’s strong commitment to poverty reduction.

Committee reviews Cameroon’s progress in certification and anti-corruption

Cameroon’sprogress in implementing its VPA with the EU was reviewed by the Joint Implementation Committee during a meeting in July, attended by Minister of Forests and Wildlife Ngole Philip Ngwese...
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