FLEGT AND EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The countries of Central and West Africa have demonstrated an interest in the European FLEGT process since 2004. Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Ghana, Liberia and Congo have already negotiated and concluded a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union. This agreement provides for the establishment of an SVL (legality verification system) for produced timber, regardless of its destination, and the issuance of a “FLEGT license” for products that are to be exported to Europe. Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Ivory Coast have entered into VPA negotiations. Thanks to its strategic positioning, ATIBT plays a central role, facilitating negotiations, relaying communications among stakeholders and unifying the industry. This action is part of ATIBT’s global approach, where it works to integrate the Central and West African tropical timber industry into the FLEGT and REDD+ mechanisms. The approach involves several identified sources of funding (AFD, FFEM, MAAF, ETTF, EC).