Home » Tag: Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA)

Tag Archives: Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA)

Everything you wanted to know about FLEGT

Answering questions generated through our Conversations about Climate Change competition, exhibition and event series, David Hopkins divulges into ‘Everything you wanted to know about FLEGT but were afraid to ask’. Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) is the EU’s Action Plan to eradicate illegal logging and associated trade. Working with fifteen tropical countries to establish their own country specific laws, ...

Read More »

Tropical forests & misconceptions

Forests have incredible importance for the future of our planets health and climate change mitigation – at the TTF we are trying to tackle misconceptions of tropical timbers. Tropical forests have an incredible importance for climate and emissions reductions, which leads this natural resource to being one of the greatest climate change mitigation strategies we have. These forests can provide ...

Read More »

In conversation: Tropical timber & FLEGT

Last month (August 2020), ACAN’s Kat Scott conversed with David Hopkins on climate change and tropical timber ahead of the Timber Trade Federation’s Conversations about Climate Change exhibition. Shedding light on the importance of governance in tropical forests and particularly focusing on the FLEGT (EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan) framework – David Hopkins, set out the ...

Read More »

Conversations about climate change winners

The Timber Trade Federation’s Conversations about Climate Change competition – promoting the EU FLEGT Action Plan and the importance of specifying with timber for the climate emergency – is evolving smoothly. The Timber Trade Federation’s Conversations about Climate Change design competition, encouraged designers, architects, specifiers and craftspeople to consider their role of timber specifications for the climate emergency and how ...

Read More »

Announcing the winners – Conversationalists

We proudly announce the winners of Conversations about Climate Change, which will be exhibited at the Building Centre in London throughout November. Following an incredibly tough judging session on the 2nd September, we are extremely proud to announce the winners of Conversations about Climate Change. The competition set the challenge for designers, architects and makers to design an object that ...

Read More »

Republic of Congo’s new forest law

The Republic of Congo has passed a new Forest Law to preserve its’ forests in an effective way and ensure greater sustainable management. This law was approved by Parliament in April, but details have just been made public. The Congo Basin, 3.7 million square kilometres’ accounts for 70% of Africa’s forest cover and is the second largest tropical rainforest area ...

Read More »

Tackling deforestation – David Hopkins and Saskia Ozinga

Forest certification has been pioneering and can play a role in reducing deforestation, but without proper regulation, its impacts will be limited or lost altogether. Accounting for 10 per cent of global greenhouse emissions caused by humans, deforestation affects ecosystems, wildlife, communities and the climate (Mongabay; National Geographic). “If tropical deforestation were a country, it would rank third in CO2 emissions”, behind ...

Read More »

FLEGT gives “favourable conditions” to enter EU markets

Vietnam and all timber-exporting countries implementing / negotiating VPAs are strengthening the market position of verified legal timber products. The EU is an important export market for all VPA countries, including Vietnam, in addition to other markets such as the US, China, Japan and South Korea. As the second Asian country to undergo VPA negotiations after Indonesia, Vietnam has a ...

Read More »

UK TTF gets creative in FLEGT communication

The UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has launched a competition for designers, architects and craftspeople to create furniture, sculptures, interior design and other functional products using exclusively tropical timber from FLEGT VPA partner countries. The design contest, being run in association with the London Building Centre, is called Conversations about Climate Change and forms part of the TTF’s pan-European FLEGT communication drive. This aims ...

Read More »

CIFOR Report: FLEGT-VPA impacts for improved FLEGT communications

The VPA process has contributed to improvements and progress even without two of the countries having issued any FLEGT licenses to date. Established in 2003, the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan has been instrumental in curbing illegal production of and trade in illegal timber. Central to the EU FLEGT Action Plan are Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs), legally ...

Read More »