News archive 2014

Forest governance practitioners gather in the UK for a comprehensive short course on best practices

For the fifth year in a row, the Improving Forest Governance course brought together forest governance practitioners from government, civil society and the private sector.

Republic of the Congo makes forest sector information public

In the Republic of the Congo, the Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development made forest sector information available in line with Annex X of the VPA.

VPA practitioners from central Africa share their achievements in public information in the forest sector

Forest and environment officials from five central African countries gathered in Douala, Cameroon, to share their experiences of developing and implementing the public information requirement noted...

Civil society organisation EcoDev begins training to raise awareness about FLEGT in Myanmar/Burma

More than 25 representatives of several civil society organisations from Tanintharyi and Sagaing regions, Yangon and Kachin State gathered in Yangon from 11 to 13 June to develop a coalition of...

Liberia and EU review VPA implementation in the first Joint Implementation Committee meeting

Members of the joint implementation committee (JIC) for the Liberia-EU VPA met for the first JIC meeting in Monrovia, on 27-29 May 2014.

Officials from China discuss legal timber trade with tropical wood suppliers from the Pacific region

Two officials from China’s State Forestry Administration attended the seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: Forest Policies for the 21st Century in Fiji from 12 to 23 May.

Malaysia and EU advance VPA process

On 20 and 21 May 2014, Malaysia and the EU continued their VPA negotiations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, making progress on technical and political dimensions

EU FLEGT Facility news released

The March and April 2014 issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in  English , French and Spanish . Click here to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter. This issue...

Cameroon and the EU release 2013 report on VPA progress

Cameroon and the EU have released a joint report on progress in implementing the Cameroon-EU VPA in 2013. Based on the 2013 work plan of the joint implementation committee, the report...

FLEGT practitioners in Ghana coordinate actions on domestic timber legal reform

Ten organisations working on the VPA in Ghana met to present their projects and to coordinate their activities at a one-day meeting organised by the Ghana Forestry Commission and the EU delegation...

Ghana and the EU report on VPA progress in 2011

Ghana and the EU have published the second annual report on VPA implementation covering the period from January to December 2011.

Experts from APEC countries share experiences in developing timber legality assurance systems at workshop in China

Timber and forestry experts from government agencies, NGOs, certification bodies, research institutions and the timber industry from 10 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries shared...

Indonesia posts draft regulations on timber legality assurance for comments

The Government of Indonesia invites comments until 15 May on its draft revised SVLK regulations to be issued in June this year. SVLK stands for Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu , Indonesia's...

Report on ASEAN timber trade, customs and timber legality released

The EU FLEGT Facility has released ASEAN timber trade, customs and timber legality: Scoping study . Timber legality and its associated trade is a longstanding issue in South-east Asia. This...

Cameroon increases transparency in the forest sector

The VPA implementation process continues in Cameroon with an emphasis on developing procedures to make information on the forest sector publicly available.

Congo changes web address for VPA website

The VPA website of the Republic of the Congo has changed domain from .org to .info.

Summary on combatting illegal logging released

The EU has released a summary of the publication Lessons from the EU FLEGT Action Plan.

Civil society organisations share livelihoods impact assessment results of Vietnam’s VPA

The VNGO FLEGT Network shared the results of its livelihoods impact assessment of the VPA in Vietnam, which it carried out in 2013.

Côte d’Ivoire negotiation group refines definition of legal timber

On 8 April, representatives of the EU and the VPA negotiation committee of Côte d’Ivoire held its sixth technical session by video conference to discuss principles, criteria and indicators for the...

Chinese timber industry and rosewood producing countries hold first meeting on rosewood imports

China, the world’s largest importer of rosewood, invited leaders from government and industry to meet with representatives from seven rosewood producing countries to share experiences and to...
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