An agenda for EU action

This briefing is the contribution of a group of non-governmental
organisations to the policy debate related to the evaluation of the
European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)
Action Plan, the review of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), and the EU’s
commitment to halt deforestation and restore degraded forests by 2020.

The palm oil project managed by Herakles Farms has wiped out a large portion of forest in the South West of Cameroon. The region is home to not only the chimpanzee, but also the forest elephant, rare primates such as the endangered drill and the critically endangered Preuss’s red colobus monkey, plus a number of fish species, many endemic to the region.

The FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003 as an innovative first attempt by the EU to curb illegal logging and related trade, promote sustainable forest management, and address some of the underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation. […] Nonetheless, illegal logging remains a persistent problem across the world. In some countries, 90% of all logging activities are illegal.