Priorities set for VPA implementation in Cameroon

The implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Cameroon is underway, with Cameroon and EU stakeholders considering the top priorities for 2013. 

As Cameroon develops its timber legality assurance system it will focus on delivering the ‘certificate of legality' and advancing the traceability and verification processes.

The evaluation of whether private certificates in Cameroon meet the requirements outlined in the VPA legality definition is ongoing. Work on evaluating current forest titles and the amount of seized timber entering the system will follow. Other priorities for 2013 include the implementation of the transparency annex and the development of a VPA impact monitoring system.

The first 2013 meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee, to be held in late April, will evaluate the progress of VPA implementation and agree on priorities for the year.