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Editor’s pickVietnam's VPA Voyage Builds Momentum

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The artisanal community must also be brought through the VPA. Vietnam still has obstacles to overcome to reach the key objective of its EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) — issuing FLEGT licences that assure the legality of its timber exports to the EU. The country’s …

EU and Vietnam conclude VPA negotiations

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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 …

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 …

Editor’s pickVietnam expected to conclude EU FLEGT negotiations by year end

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Members of community forest in Java, Indonesia, moving logs. Image credit: EU FLEGT Facility.  Vietnam is expected to conclude its Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) negotiations with the European Union by the end of this year, according to the Viet Nam News. A signing ceremony is …

Illegal logging persists in Congo despite FLEGT VPA: FERN


Systemic illegalities persist in the Republic of Congo’s (RoC) forest sector, despite the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) signed with the EU to combat illegal timber trade, claims the environmental NGO Fern. In fact, according to the RoC’s Independent Monitor of the implementation of forest law and …

Major progress against illegal logging for Indonesia and Ghana through Voluntary Partnership Agreements with EU

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Of 15 countries negotiating or implementing Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the EU, Indonesia and Ghana are closest to being ready to issue FLEGT licences to exports of verified legal timber products bound for the EU. The study’s authors, Christine Overdevest of the University of Florida and Jonathan Zeitlin of the …

Indonesia to promote trade of legal timber

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Last month, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk issued a joint statement that the European Union and Indonesia have agreed to move swiftly towards implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme, a …