This statement summarises the views of civil society organisations from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and West and Central Africa, engaged in addressing key challenges threatening forests around the world, including the ongoing trade in illegal timber and commodity led deforestation. It proposes lasting solutions that would help to deliver EU and global policy commitments. To strengthen forest governance and protect and restore forests, our key recommendations are:
- Use the FLEGT Fitness Check to strengthen the FLEGT Action Plan and the EUTR and address the persistent obstacles that hamper their effective implementation.
- Provide tailored support to VPA countries, ensuring CSOs, local communities and Indigenous groups have the space and capacity to participate, and maintain the integrity of the VPAs.
- Develop ambitious, inclusive, and rights-based Forest Partnerships that respond to the partner countries’ needs, and that support them to comply with new EU supply chain regulations.