Combatting illegal logging
Lessons from the EU-FLEGT Action Plan
The good governance of forests is vital to the many people who depend directly on them and to the economies of those countries that are involved in the trade of timber and timber-related products. This trade, however, is undermined by illegal logging practices that threaten livelihoods and the sustainable mangement of forests. The stakes are high, and for this reason, the Commission, EU Member States and partner countries accross the worls have made great efforts over the past ten years to combat illegal logging and related trade, including through voluntary, but legally binding, trade... agreements. These VPAs (Voluntary Partnership Agreements between the EU and the partner country) recognise the joint responsability of the importing and the exporting countries for assuring that timber has been legally felled and traded.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (European Commission) Themes: Development aid, Asia
- Subject: commodity agreement, environmental protection, EU programme, illicit trade, international aid, wood industry