The FLEGT is part of efforts by the EU to fight illegal logging and associated trade on its markets by timber supplying countries, including Ghana.

It is also forms part of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) signed between Ghana and the EU in 2009 to address the problem of illegal logging and trade in associated timber products.

The one-day seminar was aimed at building the capacity of journalists on the enforcement and governance for sustainable forest management (CiSoPFLEG) initiated by the Friends of the Earth-Ghana (FOE), an environmental NGO.

The Program Coordinator of the FOE-Ghana Amos Nkpeebo said the long-term objective of the three-year CiSoPFLEG program is to improve forest governance for sustainable forest management in West and Central Africa through collaboration amongst four countries.

He said the NGO is collaborating with the media to make issues of sustainable forest management a top priority.

The Project Facilitator of the FOE-Ghana Paul Ossei-Wusu was hopeful the media would play their watchdog roles to help stop illegal timber trade in Ghana. Enditem

Source: Xinhua



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