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Guyana signs on to forest management agreement with the EU

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A report by Carinya Sharples for Mongabay.

Guyana has initialed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) to tackle illegal logging, improve forest management and boost the legal timber trade in the South American country.

It has been an exhausting six years since Guyana first began the process back in December 2012. A deadline at the end of 2017 was missed, but now Guyana is finally one step closer to being able to issue licenses under the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) initiative.

However, forest operators here still have a while to wait before they’ll be able to sell wood under a FLEGT licence. According to the Guyana Forestry Commission, implementation of the VPA could take between three and five years, and will cost an estimated $30 million.

Last year, Guyana recorded its lowest rate of deforestation since 2010. So why…

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