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Read the latest news on the efforts of the EU and its partners to combat illegal logging and foster good governance through the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with emphasis on Voluntary Partnership Agreements between the EU and timber-exporting nations.

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Read the latest news on the efforts of the EU and its partners to combat illegal logging and foster good governance through the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with emphasis on Voluntary Partnership Agreements between the EU and timber-exporting nations.

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European Commissioner for international partnerships Jutta Urpilainen (left) and the Ambassador of Honduras Roberto Ochoa Madrid (right) signing the Honduras-EU VPA.

La Unión Europea y Honduras acuerdan combatir la tala ilegal y promover el comercio de madera legal

Honduras y la Unión Europea (UE) firman un acuerdo sobre la aplicación de leyes, gobernanza y comercio forestales. El acuerdo garantizará que toda la madera y productos derivados hondureños importados a la UE tengan un origen legal y dispongan de autorización.
European Commissioner for international partnerships Jutta Urpilainen (left) and the Ambassador of Honduras Roberto Ochoa Madrid (right) signing the Honduras-EU VPA.

EU and Honduras agree deal to combat illegal logging, promote trade in legal timber

Honduras and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products. The agreement will ensure that all Honduran timber and timber products imported in the EU are legally sourced and licensed.
Forest & John Bitar & Co. Ltd.

Ghana and EU finalise assessment of Ghana Timber Legality Assurance System

Ghana and the European Union (EU) have finalised an independent assessment of the legality assurance system described in the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on FLEGT between Ghana and the EU. The final report was shared with both parties on 31 December 2020, and they are now reviewing the findings and recommendations.
Sawn wood transport

Cameroon achieves a new milestone in promoting legal wood

Cameroon has become one of the first African countries to require the use of legal wood and timber in all its public procurement procedures. From now on, operators engaged in construction or public purchases in connection with wood by-products will have to prove the legal origin of the wood used. The new joint decree was signed on December 15, 2020 by Cameroonian ministers in charge of Forestry, Public Works, and Public Contracts.
Stephen Kwame Paddy, Chain of Custody manager at Logs and Lumber Limited.Logs and Lumber Limited

Ghana’s forest management makes strides through Social Responsibility Agreements

In Ghana, traditional customs and practices – such as ‘taboo’ days when no one enters the forest – have helped to protect forests through the ages. But these practices have not always been respected, with some timber companies logging in areas adjacent to communities even on sacred days.
Volumes (m3 round wood equivalent) of Congolese wood products imported by the EU, 2004-2019https://stats.flegtimm.eu

The Republic of the Congo and the EU release 2019 annual report on VPA progress 

The Republic of the Congo and the EU have released a joint report on progress in implementing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement from January to December 2019. The report describes progress made with the timber legality assurance system, institutional improvements, stakeholder engagement, communication, transparency and monitoring of the agreement.