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 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
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.
This article (in German) describes the implementation of a DDS in practical ways in a company and how the FSC certification system can help to implement each step. A flow chart shows a step by step how to go about when an operator plans to order timber products.
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.