Ghana Regional Workshop: Experiences from the FLEGT/VPA process in West and Central African countries

Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) present an innovative approach to tackling the illegal timber-related trade while reinforcing forest governance in timber-producing countries. The multi-stakeholder processes that have been put in place for designing and implementing these agreements are one aspect of governance efforts undertaken in producer countries. Ghana and the Republic of Congo are the first two countries that signed VPAs, in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

The question is, how do these VPAs and associated legal reform processes allow for participation of civil society and how is this reflected in practice? This paper provides an analysis of the level of participation of civil society at different stages of the VPA.

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Published October 1, 2012
Found in ForestsRule of law