VPA Africa - Latin America Facility
The VPA ALA Facility works to support Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) processes in 10 African and Latin American countries. The Facility promotes strong partnerships to combat illegal logging, improve forest governance and secure livelihoods. In this way, the Facility contributes to advancing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Improving sustainability and legality of forest sector activities
Clear, equitable laws on land use and forest resource tenure and access are instrumental to fighting illegal and unsustainable forest loss. We work with key stakeholders in Africa and Latin America to identify and address gaps and weaknesses in regulatory frameworks governing forest use, and to develop practical, effective regulation for better legal compliance. In this process, systems and capacities are strengthened for the negotiation and implementation of VPAs.
Raising awareness of EU FLEGT Action Plan implementation
Addressing illegal logging and related trade requires working in countries where forest products are produced, as well as in countries that trade and consume these products. In both demand and supply-side countries, transparent processes and public awareness can support sustainability and legality. We work to improve the accessibility and availability of information on African and Latin American countries' efforts towards legal and sustainable forest use. These efforts help ensure that policy makers and VPA actors are informed and supported in their actions to implement the EU FLEGT Action Plan.