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Ways forward with EU FLEGT Understanding the problem Large, widespread and complex; Illegal within framework of sustainable forest management; Goes beyond law enforcement: governance issues must be addressed. Partnership agreements Bad Partnership agreement does Nothing

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ways forward with eu flegt

Ways forward with EU FLEGT

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network

understanding the problem
Understanding the problem
  • Large, widespread and complex;
  • Illegal within framework of sustainable forest management;
  • Goes beyond law enforcement: governance issues must be addressed.

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network

partnership agreements
Partnership agreements
  • Bad Partnership agreement
  • does Nothing
  • legitimises illegitimate practices
  • Good Partnership agreement can
  • tackle illegal logging
  • move towards SFM and social justice

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network

what principles re process
What principles re process?
  • Assessing all existing legislation
  • Fully inclusive stakeholder process to define legality
  • Time bound action programme, including milestones and conditions adopted by civil society groups

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network

what principles re licensing
What principles re licensing
  • Deal with all timber products
  • Deal with all exports
  • Criteria for verification and monitoring

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network

more is needed
More is needed……
  • New legislation:
  • Possible: based on existing legislation;
  • WTO proof;
  • Non discriminatory;
  • Fits within the existing EU thinking;
  • Puts responsibility on the importing party.

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Both voluntary approach (VPAs) and developing new legislation are needed;
  • VPAs can and should improve governance and hence contribute to solving problems;
  • Full participation of civil society is absolutely essential condition;
  • Making importing parties accountable for imports by adopting new legislation

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network

thank you

Thank you

FERN

Forests and the European Union Resource Network