ATIBT was invited to present the private sector initiatives at the side event « Using policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks to address deforestation: lessons learned from the FLEGT Approach » in the context of the conference « Halting Deforestation » organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 20 to 22 February.
Nearly half of all tropical deforestation is caused by illegal land conversion and addressing illegality has been demonstrated to be an effective way of reducing deforestation. This means that any effort to tackle deforestation needs to have as a foundation a clear regulatory framework that is effectively enforced. Through more than 10 years’ of practical implementation of the EU’s FLEGT Action Plan, it has been shown that clarification and reform of the legal framework can be enhanced by a participatory stakeholder approach at national level.
This side event « Using policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks to address deforestation: lessons learned from the FLEGT Approach » brought together the participants of the conference to explore how FLEGT has helped to achieve legal clarity and bring about associated reforms, and improve law enforcement in the forest sector, and to understand how to build on the lessons learned from efforts to stop deforestation.
ATIBT was asked to provide concrete examples of how the private sector is working to reduce the incidence of deforestation.
Here are the highlights of this presentation:
The legal and certified private sector helps maintain forest areas in Central African countries, maintain biodiversity and maintain 90% carbon stock and environmental services.
The main idea conveyed is that, contrary to popular belief, logging under development and respecting the legality secures large forest areas in the long term and avoids deforestation and land conversion (see on this subject the TV report on the management of tropical forests with the University of Gembloux).