The Government of the Central African Republic, in collaboration with the European Union, CIFOR-ICRAF and the VPA Africa – Latin-America Facility of the European Forest Institute, have published the report “State of the forest-timber sector in the Central African Republic 2021”. The report is available in French: “L’état du secteur forêt-bois dans la République centrafricaine 2021”.
The Central African Republic (CAR) covers an area of more than 62 million hectares and has about 23 million hectares of forest, covering almost 37% of its total area. The forest-wood sector represents an important source of income and employment, as well as 13% of the country’s export earnings.
Since 2011, a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) has been signed between the European Union (EU) and CAR on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). This Agreement aims to improve Central African forest governance and ensure that timber and timber products exported to the EU are legal.
As part of the VPA, CAR and the EU have committed to implement measures to promote transparency on forest exploitation and management activities. Thus, the production and dissemination of forest data is a priority. The aim is for decision makers, development partners, researchers and the general public to have an exhaustive source of information on the Central African forest-wood sector. The previous version of the report was published in 2016.