This space serves as a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the EU`s political, political, political and trade action plan (FLEGT), with an emphasis on the impact of voluntary partnership agreements in partner countries. A VPA is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and timber-producing countries. The aim is to ensure that all wood products imported into the EU come from legal sources, that illegal logging is halted and that the governance of the forest sector is improved. Below is a collaborative office report on existing scientific literature and reports on the impact of PA processes and implementations in Indonesia, Cameroon and Ghana. To make a contribution, please register and include the information you want in this form. Submissions are accepted in all ACCORD partner countries. One of the measures of the EU`s fLEGT application action plan is the EU`s timber regulation, which prohibits operators from introducing wood and by-products to the EU market. Supply measures include Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs), which are legally binding trade agreements between the EU and timber-exporting countries outside the EU. A key element of the FLEGT action plan is a voluntary scheme to ensure that only legally harvested timber is imported into the EU from countries that agree to participate in the scheme. Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) are a central part of the EU`s strategy to combat illegal logging.
A VPA is a bilateral trade agreement between the EU and a timber exporting country outside the EU. VPAs are voluntary for timber-exporting countries. However, once a VPA has come into force, it is legally binding on both parties. Second, unlike most other trade agreements, the two sides negotiate on the same objectives: the elimination of illegal timber and improved forest management. Countries that implement the VPA: six countries have concluded the VPA negotiations and are implementing their agreements with the EU: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Liberia, Indonesia, Republic of Congo Although no country has yet begun licensing FLEGT, two countries – Ghana and Indonesia – are close to this goal.   A VPA differs in several respects from a typical bilateral trade agreement. This platform was created in cooperation with the FAO-EU FLEGT programme as part of the European Union-funded Multifunctional Landscape Management Project in Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing The Trade-Offs Between Social and Environmental Impacts (LMR). A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a bilateral softwood lumber agreement between the European Union and a country exporting timber outside the EU. VPAs are a key element of the EU`s FLEGT action plan, which aims to investigate illegal logging. The VPA aims to ensure that wood and by-products exported to the EU come from legal sources. The agreements also help timber-exporting countries end illegal logging by improving the regulation and governance of the forestry sector.
Firstly, while the EU and a national government are negotiating a VPA, the content of the agreement is decided in the partner country through an advisory process involving stakeholders from government, the private sector and civil society.