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FLEGT enters a new era with major news on licensing

FLEGT enters a new era with major news on licensing

The Presidents of Indonesia, the European Commission and the European Council today confirmed that Indonesia has met the final major requirement of its Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU and is on course to become the world’s first country to issue FLEGT licences.

This milestone in the FLEGT-VPA experiment is the strongest sign yet that, by harnessing the power of the EU market, it is possible to improve forest governance and assure buyers that timber products comply fully with laws in their countries of origin.

Indonesia is not alone in partnering with the EU to address illegal logging. Fourteen other countries are negotiating or implementing VPAs with the EU. Together these countries supply 80% of the tropical timber imported to the EU. Among these countries, Ghana is also at an advanced stage of implementing a timber legality assurance system ahead of FLEGT licensing.

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