Declaration of civil society representatives on the European Union’s role in protecting forests
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Civil society actors who are working to end the illegal timber trade, travelled to Europe from 5 to 14 March 2018 to meet representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and the German, Belgian, French and Dutch governments.
All their organizations are involved in implementing the European Union (EU) Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and aim to discuss the impact of the Voluntary Partnership Agreements between the EU and their countries on deforestation and human rights.
Their trip was also aimed at requesting EU support for efforts to reduce deforestation and conduct ambitious diplomacy to promote forests. In spite of their diverse origins namely Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Republic of the Congo and Vietnam, they share common objectives to reduce deforestation and strengthen local peoples’ rights and livelihoods.
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