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EU and Vietnam conclude VPA negotiations

EU, Vietnam, VPA, FLEGT

The EU and Vietnam have formally concluded negotiations towards a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), by initialling the document. Initialling indicates that both parties confirm that the text is what they agreed. It sets the stage for the parties to later sign and ratify the agreement, after which the VPA will become legally binding. The VPA …

Indonesia's FLEGT license reaps success as wood exports rise 10 percent

FLEGT, Indonesia

Certified timber exports from Indonesia have gone up nearly 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the Indonesian Forest Concessions Holders. The volume of certified wood products shipped reached 17.46 million tonnes in 2016. Robust trade activity is attributed to Indonesia’s FLEGT-VPA license secured last year. The country is the …

Editor’s pickASEAN nations join hands to combat illegal timber trade

FLEGT, ASEAN, illegal timber trade

Representatives from eight member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) shared their achievements in developing reliable timber legality assurance systems at a workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia from 6-8 December 2016. Indonesia shared its success in becoming, in November, the world’s first country to issue FLEGT …

Laos prepares for VPA/FLEGT negotiation with EU


The Laos FLEGT Technical Working Group on Thursday finalised key parts of the draft timber legality definition to be submitted to the European Union (EU) by the end of 2016. The submission is a crucial preparation for the first face-to-face negotiation between the Lao government and the EU on the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), scheduled …

Ghana receives funding from FAO for VPA implementation


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has signed Letters of Agreement with five corporate bodies in Ghana aimed at supporting private sector implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). FAO will fund this support from its Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme. Participating agencies include the Kumasi …

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