The Report

Crash Course on FLEGT

Monday 16 March, from 9.00h to 12.30h



More than 80 people participated in the Crash Course on FLEGT to learn about the origins and the elements of the EU FLEGT Action Plan. In Hugh Speechly's overview of international forestry cooperation since 1970s, he explained how the Bali FLEG Conference was the watershed where governments for openly recognized for the first time the existence of illegal logging and the problem of corruption and poor governance in their forest sector. Statements made at the Conference led to the EU FLEGT Action Plan in 2003. Iola Leal introduced the EU institutional set-up and the supporting instruments related to FLEGT. Saskia Ozinga and Emily Fripp presented the civil society and private sector engagement in the development and implementation of the Action Plan.  

Two elements of the EU FLEGT Action Plan were covered in detail: Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). What a VPA is, how it is negotiated, what is negotiated and what happens after a conclusion of the VPA were explained by Lea Turunen and Thomas de Francqueville. Emily Unwin provide details on the EUTR.

For more information, see the Crash Course presentations (Part 1Part 2Part 3). 


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  • David Sanmiguel, European Commission
  • Lea Turunen, EU FLEGT Facility 


  • Bernard Crabbe, Head of Forest Sector, EC DG DEVCO C2
  • Saskia Ozinga, Campaign coordinator, FERN
  • Hugh Speechly, Independent consultant
  • Emily Fripp, Managing Director, EFECA
  • Emily Unwin, Lawyer, ClientEarth
  • Iola Leal, Expert, EU FLEGT Facility
  • Thomas de Francqueville, Expert, EU FLEGT Facility
  • Lea Turunen, Expert, EU FLEGT Facility

Keywords EU FLEGT Action Plan, VPA, EUTR engagement

Reporters Thomas de Francqueville, Iola Leal and Lea Turunen