The European Union and Indonesia today signed a voluntary partnership agreement on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products to the EU to fight illegal logging.
The VPA is part of the EU’s action plan to combat illegal logging. The action plan provides a number of measures to exclude illegal timber from markets in order to improve the supply of legal timber and increase demand for responsible wood products. The VPA specifically supports good forest governance in partner countries, allowing a country with a VPA and an operational licensing system to issue FLEGT licenses for legally produced timber and timber products. All timber and timber products with a FLEGT license automatically comply with the EU Timber Regulation, which bans illegally produced wood products from the EU market.
For the signing of the FLEGT partnership agreement with Indonesia, the EU was represented by Valentinas Mazuronis, Lithuania’s minister of environment and president-in-office of the council of the EU, and Janez Potočnik, member of the European Commission with responsibility for environment. Zulkifli Hasan, Indonesia’s minister for forestry, signed the agreement for his country.
The EU has already signed similar partnership deals with Ghana, Congo, Cameroon, Liberia and the Central African Republic.