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Assessing forestry law enforcement, governance and trade in Africa
This report aims to initiate the process of supporting timber-exporting African countries in combating illegal timber harvesting and trade. It focuses, in particular, on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) national strategies and the implementation of European Union Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreements (EU-FLEGT VPAs). The is largely based on a desk review of the global forestry context and the technical and institutional aspects of voluntary partnership agreement ratification, as well as current constraints to ratification. Three African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Liberia) were specifically studied in field research. Indonesia, as possibly the most advanced country in voluntary partnership agreement implementation worldwide, was also studied. A total of 77 stakeholder group representatives were interviewed in the field research, while analysis of secondary data was performed for Cameroon and the Southern Africa sub-region.