Expected result 4: Visibility and demand for FLEGT licensed timber among private sector actors and domestic timber producers, traders and consumers are promoted in the four targeted countries
Below are the activities implemented to achieve result 4.
Activity 4.1: Carry out visibility actions and awareness on FLEGT licensed timber among SMEs, domestic timber producers, traders and consumers
Biannual news bulletins on timber trade and FLEGT issues have been shared to raise awareness within the formal and informal sectors (artisanal millers, chainsaw operators) of domestic markets in project countries, and a timber procurement policy paper prepared to support the legal working group’s efforts towards reforming the domestic timber market in Ghana.
Activity 4.2: Facilitate establishment of functioning national web-based information systems for market promotion of legally and sustainably produced timber
Timber purchasers in Ghana and Cameroon were given information via the project’s websites on suppliers of legal and sustainable wood to support trade that is compliant with the FLEGT process. Institutional consultations and timber trade data collection and validation were also carried out, focusing on Policy Options and Market Challenges.
Activity 4.3 Raise awareness of timber procurement policy requirements for the domestic market among state institutions and subcontractors
Stakeholder durbars and leaflets focussed on raising awareness of domestic market policy requirements in Ghana and Cameroon were supported. It is expected that changes in government purchasing towards legal and sustainable timber and timber products will be followed by similar demand from other, and thereby reduce demand for illegal timber. In Ghana, the durbars involved District Assemblies in the project districts and GTMO, FAWAG, KWC, GTA, DOLTA, DOMAG, KWC and Legal Working Group Members. Current information on the domestic market policy and the timber procurement policy was shared, and issues such as the timber procurement policy proposals, the policy implementation arrangements and public expectations of the policy were discussed.
Activities for expected result 1 towards effectively engaging stakeholders in national FLEGT/VPA negotiation and implementation
Activities for expected result 2 towards sharing information and experiences on forest governance to strengthen FLEGT VPA negotiation and implementation
Activities for expected result 3 towards improved public awareness and transparency in forest sector governance