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CIVIL SOCIETY MONITORING OF THE VOLUNTARY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT IN GHANA

The European Union (EU) launched the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan in 2003 to combat illegal logging through trade mechanisms. The EU FLEGT Action Plan is cognizant of the role of timber consumer and producer countries and defines a set of actions for both parties to contribute efforts to fight illegal logging. The principal instruments proposed in the EU-FLEGT Action Plan are the bilaterally negotiated Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between timber producing countries and the EU. These agreements establish control and licensing procedures to ensure that only legal timber and timber products from partner countries enter the EU market.

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