Stakeholder engagement in the Evaluation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan


The Evaluation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan is a participatory process. These six sessions are your opportunity to engage with the evaluation team and contribute your ideas to shaping the future of FLEGT.

Summary of each of the sessions

Wednesday 18. Part 1, from 14:00 to 15:30

Session 1: Finance and Investment safeguards, and use of existing or other legislative instruments

These are two action areas of the FLEGT AP that have not received much attention, and the few initiatives there have been  for example on the fight against corruption, have not been picked up or gained much momentum; in some cases, the scope for action may also have been limited. Existing legislation could have been made better use of or better enforced, and in the meantime new instruments may have become available to strengthen FLEGT action. In this session we aim to get an overview of initiatives undertaken and try to understand their effectiveness.

Facilitators: Giacomo Luchetta and James Hewitt

Session 2: Conflict timber

Relatively little has been reported on FLEGT actions for conflict timber by the EC and Member States, although conflict timber has been and in some cases continues to be an important issue in several VPA countries: Liberia, DRC, CAR and Cote d'Ivoire and the imminent VPA country, Myanmar. Building on the information session on Day 2, short presentations on conflict timber in CAR and Myanmar will set the scene for a discussion, which aims to examines the relevance, effectiveness and impact of any FLEGT work on conflict timber, its coherence with other EC policy and international initiatives and asks how the issue could be better approached through FLEGT in the future. We are particularly interested to identify and learn about unreported actions taken under FLEGT to address conflict timber and urge delegates and participants from conflict-affected timber producing countries to attend this session.  

Facilitators: Catherine Mackenzie and Paul Zambon

Session 3: Emergent, unexpected outcomes, impact and side-effects of FLEGT action

One of the evaluation questions focuses on this issue, in recognition of the importance of unintended or emergent outcomes that typically emerge from complex programmes such as FAP. We aim to have an open-ended session and explore issues and examples raised by participants.

Facilitators: Marlèn Arkesteijn and Yann Petrucci

Wednesday 18. Part 2, from 16:00 to 17:30

Session 4: Expectations for future FLEGT action

This session is aimed at identifying expectations and opportunities for future action. It is not aimed at any of the specific areas of action of the Action Plan, but at providing participants with an opportunity to share their views on results of the Action Plan as a whole, on the balance and coherence between the various FLEGT measures and on shortcomings in the design or implementation of FLEGT action. Participants may want to discuss the changes in global context in which the Action Plan is situated, which may require an adjustment of the priorities or fields of action of future FLEGT action, express their expectations and suggest ways forward.

Facilitators: James Hewitt and Giacomo Luchetta

Session 5: Poverty reduction

A lot of attention has been given to the higher FLEGT objective of ‘improved forest governance' but less to the overall Development Co-operation objective of poverty reduction. While an overview of the role of VPAs in reducing poverty was presented during the FLEGT week of 2012, the present session will provide an opportunity for participants to present and discuss examples of the impact of VPAs and FLEGT on different dimensions of poverty and consider how a future FLEGT might better address poverty issues. 

Facilitators: Yann Petrucci and Marlèn Arkesteijn

Session 6: Cost-effectiveness of the FLEGT approach

The session views FLEGT from a wider perspective, comparing it with different or previous donor approaches pursuing similar objectives of reducing illegal logging and improving forest management. This session will also examine the impacts of FLEGT measures on business, including SMEs, both in producer countries and in consumer countries. While this question is clearly difficult to answer quantitatively, the presence of highly experienced participants at FLEGT-week meeting provides an excellent opportunity for an insightful discussion.

Facilitators: Paul Zambon and Antoine DelaRochefordière 

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