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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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Strong law enforcement drives responsible timber businesses in Ghana

The VPA ALA Facility has published a story reporting how law enforcement and continuous checks on operators are transforming business practices in Ghana’s timber sector. Companies are making noticeable improvements, in particular in relation to environmental and social obligations.
Tree logged in a forest concessionEuropean Forest Institute

The Republic of the Congo and the EU release 2018 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 2018. The report describes progress made with the timber legality assurance system, institutional improvements, stakeholder engagement, communication, transparency and monitoring of the agreement.
Monsieur Mateus Paula, Chef de Délégation de l’UE au Congo, et Madame Rosalie Matondo, Ministre de l’Économie Forestière du Congo, signent l’aide-mémoire du 11eme CCMLaurent Cerbonney, EFI

La République du Congo et l’UE encouragent le redoublement des efforts dans la mise en œuvre de leur APV

La République du Congo et l’Union européenne (UE) ont fait le suivi de la mise en œuvre de leur Accord de Partenariat Volontaire (APV) visant à promouvoir la bonne gouvernance forestière. Les deux parties ont également orienté leur travail de 2020.
European Forest Institute

Liberia and EU review VPA progress and challenges

The Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) overseeing the EU-Liberia Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade has met this week in Monrovia to review progress and challenges in implementing the agreement.
European Forest Institute

Centrafrique et UE rendent compte des progrès effectués en 2017 dans le cadre de leur APV

La République Centrafricaine (RCA) et l’Union européenne (UE) ont publié leur rapport annuel conjoint sur la mise en œuvre en 2017 de leur Accord de partenariat volontaire (APV). Le rapport décrit les avancées effectuées sur l’observation indépendante mandatée et l’appui au secteur privé dans la mise en œuvre de l’APV. Entre autres, il fait également mention de l’instauration du quitus obligatoire, de l’opérationnalisation de la Brigade mobile de contrôle et du développement d’une base de données collaborative.
Garrett Ziegler

Governance gain in Côte d’Ivoire with new contract for independent forest observers

On 22 April 2016, Côte d’Ivoire’s state-owned forest management corporation SODEFOR signed a new contract with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, extending the organisation’s mandate to act as independent forest observers. SODEFOR is the main implementer of forest policy in Côte d’Ivoire, with responsibility for reforestation and for managing natural forests, termed ‘classified’ forests. The new contract relates to one such forest, the Cavally classified forest, which is also a logging concession.