Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).
The Civil Society Independent Forest Monitoring (CS-IFM) team in Liberia have produced a colourful short booklet to assist in explaining how VPAs work, the key terms and processes, and the contribution communities can make to ensuring forest law enforcement, governance, and legal trade.
The current report outlines the evaluation and revision of the Sabah Timber Legality Assessment System (TLAS) requirements carried out as part of the project managed by WWF Malaysia: Advancing a legal and sustainable global timber trade through the EU FLEGT
In Ghana, implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU has prompted improved multi-stakeholder dialogue within the forest sector as well as a process of legal reform, which have contributed to reduced illegal logging.
The UK has shown a strong response to the problem of illegal logging and related trade. While the UK is one of the most proactive European countries in this area, a shift in product trade means that cooperation with exporting countries such as China would be beneficial.