FLEGT-REDD+ linkages 

Side event organised the EU REDD Facility




In many tropical countries there is active engagement with both REDD+ and FLEGT. This provides an opportunity to build on the interactions between the two processes and make better progress on delivering the objectives of both. Increased cooperation between REDD+ and FLEGT at the national level could advance forest governance reforms, clarify land tenure, strengthen stakeholder engagement and balance competing interests, while potentially reducing some of the transaction costs associated with the implementation of these processes.

REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is an international mechanism, framed by the international climate change negotiations. It aims to provide performance-based incentives to developing countries for carbon sequestration and to support associated land use planning and governance reforms. It goes beyond the forest sector, as key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation are agricultural expansion and mining. In some countries, such as the Republic of Congo and Guyana, the VPA process is considered to be part of the REDD+ strategy, as a means to address illegalities in the forest sector and some of the underlying governance issues.

Although it is broadly accepted that improved forest governance and clear tenure rights are essential for effective implementation of both FLEGT and REDD+, collaboration and interaction between both processes at national and decentralised level is still challenging. As a few concrete experiences are emerging from countries, this session will provide you insights on how FLEGT and REDD+ can complement each other in practice, what opportunities and challenges exist, and how mutual understanding of both processes is a step in fostering positive changes in the land use sector.


  • Increase understanding of how FLEGT and REDD+ processes aim to address similar governance challenges
  • Showcase some concrete country level examples of FLEGT and REDD+ interactions and draw lessons for other VPA countries
  • Explore challenges and way for national stakeholders to make best use of the opportunities and leverage provided by both processes to improve land use governance

Target audience

  • VPA country representatives
  • EU audience interested in understanding how FLEGT and REDD+ can interact in practice
  • Private sector
  • Civil society organisations
  • Evaluators of the EU FLEGT Action Plan







Introduction to FLEGT and REDD+ linkages + Q&A

Christophe Van Orshoven (EFI) + Marieke Wit (tbc)


Stakeholder engagement in the LCDS, REDD+ and VPA processes in Guyana + Q&A

Laura Georges (APA) (tbc)


Addressing tenure through the VPA and REDD+ process in Vietnam + Q&A

Phuc To (Forest Trends)


REDD+ as a lever for FLEGT and vice-versa: the case of the DRC Mai Ndombe emission reduction program + Q&A 

Adeline Dontenville (EFI)


Wrap up and conclusions



Coffee break


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