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The Report: Opening plenary and policy discussion

The Report Opening plenary and policy discussion Monday 16 March, from 14:30 to 16:45   Highlights FLEGT Week opened with a policy discussion at which stakeholders from governments, private sector and civil society examined the past, present and future of FLEGT The debate focused on the pace of progress, continued challenges, evidence of impacts and on how to ensure the enduring relevance of FLEGT in a rapidly changing world. There was broad support for...

The Report: Crash Course on FLEGT

The Report Crash Course on FLEGT Monday 16 March, from 9.00h to 12.30h   Summary   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...

The Report: Information sessions on FLEGT progress and achievements

The Report Information sessions on FLEGT progress and achievements Tuesday 17 March, from 9:00 to 12:30   Highlights There has been significant progress under the EU FLEGT Action Plan on Voluntary Partnership Agreements, support to producer countries, public procurement policies, private sector initiatives and the EU Timber Regulation. Progress on conflict timber and on finance and investment has lagged behind action on other aspects of the Action...

The Report: Private sector seminar

The Report Private sector. Improving forest governance: What drives private sector engagement?  Tuesday 17 March, from 14:30 to 18:00   Highlights The tropical timber trade with Europe continues to decline and the selective logging of natural forest is also in crisis. In its place is timber coming from forest conversion and monoculture plantations of fast growing lightwoods for the paper industry, panels and engineered products. There has been a...

The Report: Governance seminar

The Report Governance: How has the EU FLEGT Action Plan influenced governance? Tuesday 17 March, from 14:30 to 18:00   Highlights For some stakeholders FLEGT, through the VPAs, has gone beyond the initial expectations. Although participation of civil society organisations and communities is usually quite limited or nonexistent in shaping texts of legally binding trade agreements, FLEGT proved that not only the participation levels can be high but also that...

The Report: Closing plenary

The Report Closing plenary  Thurday 19 March, from 11:15 to 12:30   Highlights FLEGT Week brought together nearly 300 participants from more than 50 countries. Participants reviewed progress that has been made through the EU FLEGT Action Plan and made clear recommendations for the future of the fight against illegal logging What was an EU initiative is now a global alliance FLEGT cannot address all challenges Private sector is...

The Report: Demand-side measures to reduce illegal timber trade

The Report Demand-side measures to reduce illegal timber trade Lessons learned from the EU FLEGT Action Plan and ways forward Wednesday 18 March, from 9:00 to 12:30   Highlights Demand-side measures are transforming the global market place in support of legal timber trade. The EU market provides a trade incentive to change behavior of the timber sector. However, closer cooperation among EU, Australia, China, Japan, USA and other consumer markets is needed to...

The Report: FLEGT and tackling drivers of deforestation

The Report FLEGT and tackling drivers of deforestation Wednesday 18 March, from 9:00 to 12:30   Highlights Conversion for agriculture is the largest driver of deforestation. An estimated 50% of all tropical deforestation is illegal and timber and agricultural commodities derived from such conversion are destined for the EU market   EU FLEGT Action Plan instruments can be used to prevent illegal conversion timber from entering the EU markets Improved...

The Report: Timber legality assurance systems

The Report Timber legality assurance systems Implementing timber legality assurance systems: countdown to FLEGT licensed timber Wednesday 18 March, from 9:00 to 12:30   Highlights TLASs are country-specific systems of checks and balances, and can comply with VPA frameworks while being built according to different models  TLASs are learning systems and build on continuous multi-stakeholder processes Take into account costs, capacity, existing systems...

The Report: FLEGT and REDD linkages

The Report FLEGT and REDD+ linkages Thursday 19 March, from 14:30 to 16:00   Highlights Interactions between FLEGT and REDD+ are increasingly being documented and understood, and first country-level experiences on linking FLEGT and REDD+ are starting to emerge. Experiences from DRC, Ghana, Guyana and Vietnam show the diversity of interactions between FLEGT and REDD+ processes. A good understanding of both processes and of their overlaps is necessary to...