Celebrating the 1st year of FLEGT licensing
Indonesia has shipped verified legal timber and wood products worth more than 1 billion euros to the EU since it began issuing such products with FLEGT licences one year ago. In details, as reported by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, by 15 October 2017, Indonesia had issued 190,836 V-legal documents for exports worldwide. This includes 35,897 FLEGT licences that accompanied exports to the 28 EU Member States [Read more]
See what IB. Putera Parthama, Ph.D, Director General of Sustainable Forest Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia had to say about the Indonesian FLEGT anniversary on our blog post here.
In October 2017, in preparation for the 1 year anniversary of FLEGT licensing in Indonesia, the TTF’s Head of Policy and Sustainability Mike Worrell, visited Indonesia as part of our DfID grant work to explore the processes behind licensing. You can see a Storify summarising the findings of this trip by clicking on the photo below.
The TTF has been proactively supporting and publicising the first year of FLEGT licensing. 12 months ago we organised a drinks reception in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy to celebrate the launch of FLEGT licensing in Indonesia. To see the storify of this event, click the image below.
Indonesia is the first country to successfully implement FLEGT licensing, however Ghana is also relatively advanced in the process and likely to implement licensing in the next few years.
In November 2016, Mike Worrell also organised a trade delegation visit to Ghana to inspect the progress in the VPA negotations and legality tracking system. Also in attendance were various EU trade association delegates to boost the image of the FLEGT process in the European private sector. See the full Storify of this visit by clicking on the photo below.
Fifteen tropical countries are implementing or negotiating VPAs. Together their forests cover an area the size of the EU and they account for 80% of EU tropical timber imports. [Read more]
What is the FLEGT?
FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. The EU’s FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber.
Find out more here.
What is the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)?
VPAs are a key element of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, which aims to address illegal logging. A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside the EU.
The purpose of a VPA is to ensure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources. The agreements also help timber-exporting countries stop illegal logging by improving regulation and governance of the forest sector.
Find out more here.
How does the EUTR fit in the FLEGT scheme?
The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) is part of the European Union’s policy to combat illegal logging and associated trade. It prohibits the placing on the EU market of illegally harvested timber or timber products derived from such timber. The EUTR requires ‘operators’ who place timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time to exercise due diligence to ensure that timber and timber products are legally harvested.
FLEGT licensed timber meets the due diligence requirements of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), helping timber importers and traders save time and money. The EUTR requires that operators exercise due diligence when placing timber or timber products on the market. Exercising due diligence means undertaking a risk management exercise so as to minimise the risk of placing illegally harvested timber, or timber products containing illegally harvested timber, on the EU market. Operators in the EU do not need to exercise further due diligence on imports of FLEGT-licensed timber.
Find out more here.