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Strengthening Global Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade - GCP GLO 395










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    FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Programme - Phase III (2016-2021) 2021
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    The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme works in partnership with the European Union its Member States to implement the EU’s FLEGT Action Plan to combat illegal logging and associated trade. Since 2016, the Programme has supported over 200 partners from civil society, government administrations and private sector in tropical timber-producing countries to enact locally-defined solutions, such as national timber traceability systems, to strengthen forest governance and increase legal timber production and trade. Programme actions have increased the capacity of national and local actors to ensure the sustainability of interventions and have fostered co-operation between actors in the forest sector.
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    Stronger together: How trade associations in tropical timber-producing countries multiply benefits for forest sector MSMEs
    The experience of the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme
    2021
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    A wide body of experience within and beyond the forestry sector recognizes the power of associations in bringing together small-scale actors, especially micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs). Associations offer increased economies of scale in purchasing, producing, and providing greater bargaining power. For this reason, support to forest sector associations has been at the heart of the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme’s engagement with the private sector, recognizing that achieving legality in the forest sector of tropical timber-producing countries is not possible without effective and meaningful collaboration with the private sector. Associations of companies provide critical entry points to gaining access to larger groups of enterprises. The arguments put forward in this paper draw upon the experience accrued in supporting associations of timber producers through the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme. As part of a Programme-experience capitalisation process, staff members conducted interviews with both service providers and, where possible, end beneficiaries of the projects. The Programme analyzed the impacts of these projects to determine best practices for supporting associations and the benefits they bring to MSMEs.
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    Evaluation of the FAO-EU forest law enforcement, governance and trade programme - Phase III
    GCP/GLO/600/MUL and GCP/GLO/397/EC
    2022
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    The FAO-EU forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) programme seeks to reduce and eventually eliminate illegal logging. With the support of its donors, the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme funds projects created by governments, civil society and private sector organizations in Latin America, Africa and Asia to improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber products on domestic and international markets. The Programme works in support of the European Commission’s Action Plan on FLEGT to promote the legal production and consumption of timber. The evaluation looked at the third phase of the programme, which remained a significant contribution to the goals of the FLEGT Action Plan. The increased capacity of service providers (particularly beginner non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations) and micro, small and medium-sized enterprise associations was considered the most significant change generated by the programme. The promotion of South-South cooperation proved to be an important aspect of capacity enhancement. Thanks to increased capacities, but also multi-stakeholder platforms and improved policy and regulative tools, a positive incipient impact on more inclusive forest governance has been achieved. More information and independent forest monitoring provided an important contribution to improved enabling conditions for legal timber trade and on the information of timber legality, even though the actual market impact is still limited. Recommendations to FAO and its project partners and stakeholders include actions to take away institutional, fiscal, technical and political barriers to scale up results, and actions to strengthen the sustainability of results, gender equity and social inclusion, knowledge management as well as monitoring and evaluation.

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