EU and Cameroon to battle illegal logging

On 6th May 2010 the Cameroonian Government and the European Union signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement that aims to solve the Cameroon’s ongoing problem of illegal logging. The agreement aims to develop measures to help make the timber sector in Cameroon both legal and sustainable.

A Civil Society Counter-Brief has been issued by Forests and European Resources Network (FERN).   As all FERN briefs, this document is of excellent quality and highlights civil society views from both Cameroon and Europe on the signed agreement and its implementation.   It concludes that signing the VPA is just the first step and that results will only be achieved if the agreement is effectively implemented. Initial efforts must focus on ensuring a legal review process which clarifies that many marginalised communities in fact hold rights to use and live in the forests. There must also be broad stakeholder involvement in the monitoring of logging activities.

Read the full civil society brief here.

We also suggest you visit and support FERN – the leading European NGO dealing with forest issues.

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