FLEGT and Private Certification Schemes

Status and potential for the recognition of private certification schemes in VPAs 

Summary

The EU FLEGT Action Plan and certification schemes have significant potential to support good forest governance and sustainable forest management if voluntary and regulatory efforts can be made mutually reinforcing. Many VPAs include provisions for recognizing private certification schemes if they can demonstrate compliance with the verification requirements set out in the legality definition and the national timber legality assurance system.

This side event looks at two case studies for on-going recognition processes of private certification schemes in Cameroon and Congo VPAs. A panel discussion will then explore how these examples could help build broader synergies between FLEGT and private certification.   

Objective

The objective of this session is to reflect on on-going recognition processes of private certification schemes by VPAs in Cameroon and Congo to explore how these examples could help buildi broader synergies between FLEGT and private certification.

Agenda

14:30

10'

Introduction – Why to recognize private certification and how?

Sebastian Schrader

 

14:40

15'

Lessons learned from certification recognition process in Cameroon

Martin Mbongo

 

14:55

15'

Lessons learned from certification recognition process in Congo

Grégoire Nkeoua

 

15:10

50'

Panel discussion

François Busson (Moderator)

 

16:00

 

End

 

 

Who is in?

  • Martin Mbongo, Cameroon, MINFOF
  • Gregoire Nkeoua, Republic of Congo, MEFDD
  • Mathieu Auger-Schwarzenberg, FSC
  • Bérénice Castadot, ATIBT
  • Paul-Emmanuel Huet, Rougier Group
  • François Busson, European Commission 
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