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FLEGT | Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade


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What is FLEGT?

FLEGT is a global initiative to combat illegal logging and promote good forest governance.

When was the EU's FLEGT Action Plan established?

The EU's FLEGT Action Plan, established in 2003, aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management practices, improving governance, and promoting trade in legally produced timber.

How are FLEGT licenses issued?

FLEGT licenses are issued by timber-producing countries that have ratified a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU. These licenses confirm that timber or timber products being exported from these countries suitably comply with all the relevant laws and regulations.

What is the significance of FLEGT licenses?

Timber and timber products that have been issued FLEGT licenses are considered to meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, which prohibits EU importers and producers from placing illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market.

Which countries can issue FLEGT licenses?

It is important to note that only countries that have ratified a VPA with the EU can issue FLEGT licenses. A list of countries that have ratified a VPA with the EU can be found on the FLEGT website.

What is the impact of FLEGT on forestry practices?

By ensuring that timber and timber products being imported into the EU are fully compliant with all relevant laws and regulations, FLEGT helps to promote sustainable and legal forestry practices and protect the world's forests.

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