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INTEGRATING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY LIVELIHOODS INTO THE FLEGT/VPA IMPLEMENTATION

Ghana has signed unto a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU to eliminate the trade of illegal Ghanaian timber and timber products on the EU market as well as the Ghanaian domestic market. As part of the preparation towards the implementation of the VPA, a number of community-based projects were supported by the ACP-FLEGT facility to prepare civil societies and forest-dependent communities towards their effective participation in the VPA implementation.

The outcomes of the projects reveal that forest-dependent livelihoods will be a key issue in the implementation of the VPA and has the potential to undermine its success. This document therefore serves as guidelines for facilitating further articulation of livelihood concerns into the VPA implementation based on lessons synthesized from these projects.

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