A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside the EU.
The VPA is a central part of the FLEGT Action Plan. A country’s VPA is modified and adapted to country specific circumstance and systems, enabling countries to make it their own, work best for them and ‘own’ it. This country-wide engagement and discussion process takes time to get right and perfect but enables an agreement that works best for all stakeholders.
The TTF strongly supports FLEGT and all countries engaging with the VPA. The latest project to engage European stakeholders, primarily end-users of FLEGT/ VPA countries timber is a design competition, exhibition and event series entitled ‘Conversations about Climate Change‘.