Panel discussion on “landmark” Indonesia-EU timber trade pact

An Indonesia-EU timber trade pact is “one of a number of initiatives that are being addressed at different scales to tackle some of the major forest governance problems and challenges in Indonesia,” says Andrew Wardell, director of Forests and Governance Research at the Center for International Forestry Research. CIFOR/Sofi Mardiah

An Indonesia-EU timber trade pact is “one of a number of initiatives that are being addressed at different scales to tackle some of the major forest governance problems and challenges in Indonesia,” says Andrew Wardell, director of Forests and Governance Research at the Center for International Forestry Research. CIFOR/Sofi Mardiah

On 30 September, 2013, the government of Indonesia signed the Collaboration Agreement on the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT-VPA) in Brussels. The long-awaited pact caps six years of negotiations over technical details of the plan, which aims to stem illegal logging by ensuring that only legally sourced timber products are imported by the European Union from Indonesia.

The pact is “one of a number of initiatives that are being addressed at different scales to tackle some of the major forest governance problems and challenges in Indonesia,” says Andrew Wardell, Director of Forests and Governance Research at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Wardell recently led a panel discussion with fellow CIFOR scientists about the agreement, which he called a “major achievement,” though he expressed concerns about caveats and weaknesses within the pact.

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