Educating industry to engage in legal timber trade
Illegal logging and the accompanying trade in illegally logged timber is a major problem for many timber-producing countries around the world.The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan has been developed to help tackle this menace.
The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with timber producing countries is one of the elements of the Action Plan. The agreement between the EU and Partner Countries is to ultimately ensure that any timber exported to the EU market is legal and that forest governance in the exporting country is improved.
The plan also seeks to promote voluntary mechanisms that aim at sustainable forest management and effective Law Enforcement in the forests through the capacity of the private sector and civil society organizations to sensitize forest communities to assist in minimizing the over-exploitation of the forest resources.
The project aims at enabling effective implementation of VPAs and thus increasing trade flows of legal & sustainable wood to the EU. It seeksto ensure that by 2016, legal and sustainable timber and wood products trade flow to the EU from Ghana, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Central African Republic are increased by 25% of current certified area and by 50% verified legal through the meaningful involvement of non-state actors in VPA preparation, negotiation and or implementation.
In Ghana, the project has empowered localities through organization of forest forums from communities, Districts, Regional and National levels, thus improving participatory governance in the forest sector. For the first in Ghana, the project is developing a monitoring framework that communities can use to engage government on the VPA.
Read more in the FLEGT NEWSLETTERS on our Publications Page.
Sponsor: European Union
Project duration: July 2013 – December 2015
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