The site is a one-stop-shop for all those involved or interested in these negotiations. It has been set up to exchange clear, concise and up to date information, including joint North-South civil society position papers on the FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) negotiations.
We believe the FLEGT process is a process to improve forest governance, increase transparency and strengthen the rights of local communities, which are key conditions to reduce deforestation (legal or illegal). At the moment national level processes to reduce deforestation - such as REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) - threaten to undermine governance reforms, therefore this site also documents those national processes and the NGO activities to counter them.
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Loggingoff.info is co-managed by a group of NGOs from European and timber-producing countries. Details of these can be found under contacts.
We are interested to hear from civil society groups in potential VPA partner countries, and other timber-producing countries, who might wish to contribute to, or become co-managers of the site.
In order to keep track of the flow of information, there is one co-manager per country. They control the site only to exclude offensive material and maintain accountability for everything which is uploaded to the site. So far we have managers in:
- the EU (FERN)
- Cameroon (Centre pour l'Environment et le Developpement, CED)
- Congo (Brazzaville) (OCDH)
- Gabon (Brainforest)
- Ghana (Civic Response)
- Liberia (NGO Coalition)
- Malaysia (JOANGO Hutan)
Co-managers receive access rights. They also play an important role in endorsing each person who wants to become a co-manager. They can edit and upload material relevant to their specific country or area of work.
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