The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) has been signed between Cameroon and the European Union, but it has not been translated into community languages. However, two information guides were produced by Cameroon and the European Union and are available online. The agreement is not yet effectively implemented.
Following a long negotiation process, the VPA was initialled on 6 May 2010 in Brussels, and was then signed in October 2010. The VPA was ratified on 9 August 2011 by the President of the Republic of Cameroon, marking a turning point in the effectiveness of the agreement and continuing the implementation process.
The implementation of the VPA should improve transparency in the forest sector, given that the agreement includes a section dedicated to it specifically (Annex VII on information to be made public). However, the way that the agreement is distributed is still limited (Internet), meaning that populations living in remote areas struggle to access it. Therefore the main challenge remains a strong dissemination of the agreement locally as well as to the wider public.
|Title||Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cameroon for the implementation of Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT)|
|Date||6 October 2010|