Crash course on FLEGT


Are you a newcomer to FLEGT? Would you like to refresh your knowledge about the EU FLEGT Action Plan and how it contributes to fostering good governance and combatting illegal logging? If so, this side event is for you. This interactive training session will be delivered by practitioners from different sectors and backgrounds. They will provide you with the basic information you need to engage in FLEGT Week activities.  


Who is in it?

The speakers list below will be updated as FLEGT Week 2015 approaches. Visit this website to get the latest about this session.

Iola Leal, EU FLEGT Facility

Iola Leal has worked for more than 15 years on forest governance in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her expertise is focused on political processes and as a facilitator supporting stakeholders in multi-cultural environments, particularly in Central Africa. In 2003 she started working on FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements. She is currently working at the EU FLEGT Facility, where she is focuses on legality standard development and the implementation of governance commitments of the EU FLEGT Action Plan. Previous working experiences include working for FERN and founding the nongovernmental organization Well Grounded. Iola is a biologist with a Masters Degree in Forest and Human Ecology. 

Hugh Speechly, independent consultant

Formerly Forestry Advisor with DFID (2002-14), leading the United Kingdom contribution to developing and implementing the EU FLEGT Action Plan. Previously manager with SGS overseeing forest certification and natural resource auditing activities.

Emily Fripp, Efeca

Fripp is Director of Efeca and has worked for more than 20 years in the field of natural resource economics, specialising in sustainable use and trade of natural resources in particular timber and related products. She has also worked to support policy dialogue for FLEGT, REDD+ and the EUTR working with both the public and private sector. Fripp has been involved in the EU FLEGT Action Plan since 2003 supporting the EU FLEGT Facility with the development of a plan of action for engaging the Indian and Myanmar stakeholders and a joint implementation plan for the Indonesian VPA amongst other projects. Fripp currently directs the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET). She also provides project direction to Efeca's work with the private sector.

Thomas de Francqueville, EU FLEGT Facility

Thomas de Francqueville has worked on legality in forest exploitation since 2009, mainly in Africa. Thomas joined the EU FLEGT Facility in June 2012 to support VPA processes in Africa and Asia. He is currently working with the Central Africa Republic, Liberia, Laos and Myanmar to promote multi-stakeholder processes to improve governance in the forest sector and legality in forest management and timber production. He provides support to stakeholders and their partner in negotiating and implementing VPAs. Before joining the Facility, he worked on projects to implement timber legality assurance systems and chain of custody systems in Africa. 

Lea Turunen, EU FLEGT Facility

Turunen is a governance expert with the EU FLEGT Facility, where she supports VPA processes in Central and West Africa, with a particular focus on stakeholder participation, legality standard development, transparency and other governance commitments of the EU FLEGT Action Plan. Prior to joining the EU FLEGT Facility, she worked for the EU Delegation in Brazzaville following the VPA negotiations and early stages of implementation in the Republic of Congo. Lea holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus on Environmental Management and Policy.

Emily Unwin, Client Earth

Unwin is a lawyer with ClientEarth, an EU based, public-interest environmental law organisation. She leads ClientEarth's work on addressing the drivers of deforestation, which focuses on supporting the improved design and operation of relevant EU laws. Working in the EU and internationally, over the last three years Unwin has had a particular focus on the implementation and operation of the EU Timber Regulation in the EU, and on communicating its implications and the opportunities it creates for government, industry and civil society internationally. This work also aims to support legal reform in forest governance, and in particular the role of civil society in that reform, especially in the context of Voluntary Partnership Agreements. She has previously worked as a commercial, corporate and regulatory lawyer and she holds degrees in Geography, Law and International Environmental Law.


Saskia Ozinga, FERN

Ozinga is the founder and campaign coordinator of FERN. She studied biology and healthcare at Wageningen University and the Hogeschool Utrecht. Since graduating, she has worked as a teacher of environmental science at the Hogeschool Utrecht and for nearly 10 years as a campaigner at Friends of the Earth Netherlands. While at FERN she has facilitated NGO coalitions on different topics related to forests and community rights, and written and published numerous books, articles and reports on themes such as forest certification, trade and forests, effective advocacy, improving forest governance and forests and climate. She has been a board member of various organisations, including Tropenbos International and the Alliance for Sustainable Development, and is currently a board member of the Forest Peoples Programme and The Forest Trust.

Bernard Crabbé, European Commission

Crabbé is the Head Forest Sector at the Eurpean Commission, DG DEVCO. An agricultural engineer by training, with a specialization in tropical agronomy and environment, Crabbé has spent most of his professional career in developing countries. He managed rural development projects in Mali, Laos and Madagascar. He planted his first tropical trees in Timbuktu in 1991 and supported local governments and communities in promoting food security and managing water and forest resources. He then served as the adviser for environment and sustainable development matters to the Belgian Secretary of State for Development Cooperation in Brussels (Belgium). After a few years as development cooperation attaché in the Belgian embassies in Quito (Ecuador) and Dakar (Senegal), he joined the European Commission in 2008. He was head of the rural development and environment section at the EU Delegation in Kampala (Uganda), where he was in charge of a number of programmes in support of agriculture, commercial forestry, climate change adaptation and fisheries. He has been in charge of the forest sector in DG DEVCO since 2012. His team co-leads the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade. 

David Sanmiguel, European Commission

Sanmiguel is a forest policy officer at the forestry unit in DG DEVCO at the European Commission. He follows the VPA negotiation with Honduras and as well as VPA implementation in other VPA countries. He is also responsible for the regional dimension of FLEGT in Latin America. Sanmiguel holds a master degree in oceanography with a specialisation in marine natural resources. He is author of several articles on fisheries policy and management. He worked for many years on fisheries and marine environmental issues until he got involved for the first time with forests in 2007 in Colombia, where he was in charge of managing the EU portfolio of environmental policies and projects at the EU delegation.

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