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EU HOPES TO SIGN SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY AGREEMENT WITH GUYANA SOON AMBASSADOR

Guyana’s new European Union Ambassador to the country René Van Nes is hoping that the government igns on soon to an agreement that ensures only legally harvested timber is exported to the EU. The agreement is the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). It seeks to ensure Guyanese authorities and harvesters comply with strict local and international laws that govern timber harvesting and the trade of timber products. In 2012, a policy decision was taken by Guyana to enter into formal negotiations with the EU on a FLEGT VPA. In 2018, Guyana and the EU concluded negotiations and initialed the VPA. However, Guyana and the EU are set to sign and ratify the VPA where its commitments will become legally binding.

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