The new Government of Myanmar has agreed a temporary national logging ban and a 10-year logging ban in the Pegu Yoma region to give its beleaguered forests breathing space from years of unchecked exploitation.
The European Commission (EC) has published its report on an independent evaluation of the EU’s initiative against illegal logging: the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of 2003. The publication, a ‘Staff Working Document’ in EC terminology, summarises the findings of the independent evaluation.
The FAO FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society and private sector organisations in timber-producing countries engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the EU.
Around the world, public and private-sector organisations have made commitments to remove commodity-driven deforestation from their supply chains, including the New York and Amsterdam declarations. But implementation of commitments has been slower and harder than expected.
Nearly a week has passed since the vote to leave the EU and the events of the week have certainly been tumultuous. The dust and anger may have settled slightly but the picture is still not that much clearer.
Greenpeace analysis of the FLEGT evaluation Illegal logging and related trade remain persistent global problems despite the positive impacts of EU actions undertaken since 2004. A recent independent evaluation assesses the progress of EU action in tackling illegal logging since the launch of the EU action plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), more than ten years ago.