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The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) Process in Central and West Africa: From Theory to Practice

The present study is intended to document and foster strategic reflection in partner countries already engaged in negotiating a VPA – or those who will be entering into such negotiations – by providing examples of “good practices”. These good practices were identified and recorded following interviews with the main stakeholders in the eight VPA countries in West and Central Africa,2 the European Forest Institute’s (EFI) EU FLEGT Facility and the European Commission. A literature review then complemented the survey work carried out on the ground. The present document thus highlights a range of possible ways of meeting the challenges facing VPA countries.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Forest policy and administration
  • Forest trade and finance
  • Protected forests
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
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Robert Simpson Programme Manager EU FAO FLEGT Programme Email: Marc Vandenhaute EU FAO FLEGT Programme Email: EU FAO FLEGT Programme Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Rome, Italy Email: Website:

Author (corporate) Marc Vandenhaute
Co-author (coorporate) Sophie Lemaître and Robert Simpson
Publication place Rome, Italy
Publisher FAO, Rome
Publication date 2014
Pagination 54
Keywords FLEGT,V4MF
Date uploaded January 2, 2019, 09:21 (UTC)
Date modified January 2, 2019, 09:24 (UTC)