As part of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union was ratified in March 2010. The processes leading to the signing of the VPA enhanced the level of government and civil society engagement. Civil society served on the steering committee of the VPA, and it is represented on the Multi-Stakeholder Implementation Committee.
During the negotiations, Ghana insisted on making the VPA process cover both the foreign and domestic markets, which as a result has led to discussion of domestic lumber procurement in the policy review and consolidation of the forest laws.
Licenses for timber products under FLEGT have not yet been issued and in general progress has been slow to implement the VPA. An annual report for 2009-10 was not published until May 2012 and there is little in it to highlight completed legislative, fiscal, institutional or legal compliance actions. Nonetheless, the timber validation bodies have been established and the Forestry Commission, in collaboration with civil society organisations and the National Forestry Forum, has developed procedures to integrate community civil society organisations into the wood tracking systems. The aide memoire on the fourth mission of the Joint Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism anticipated that the Wood Tracking System and the system to verify compliance with the legality definition will be finalised by the end of 2012, but it remains to be seen whether momentum is maintained so that the first FLEGT licences can be issued in 2013.
|Title||a. Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union
b. Annual Progress Report: VPA Implementation Ghana-EU 2009-10
c. Joint Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism, Aide Memoire of the Fourth Mission, 13-16 March 2012
|Organisation||a. Government of Ghana and European Union
b. Government of Ghana and European Union