Making FLEGT and REDD+ work together

Insights and activities 2013-2017

The EU REDD Facility supports partner countries in improving land-use governance as part of their efforts to slow, halt and reverse deforestation. It also supports the overall EU effort to reduce its contribution to deforestation in developing countries.

Addressing land-use governance challenges is key to successful implementation of both REDD+ and Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) under the EU FLEGT Action Plan2 — and, ultimately, to reducing deforestation and tackling climate change. Increased transparency and accountability, stakeholder participation and capacity, and cross-sectoral coordination are required to address the root causes of deforestation. Clarification of legal frameworks and better law enforcement contribute to eradicating illegal and unsustainable forest loss, along with more responsible commodity sourcing.
The focus of the Facility’s work is, therefore, on countries engaged in both VPA and REDD+ processes. Acting on its strategy for 2013–2017, the Facility worked in three areas where these processes intersect. The Facility provided support:


  • To build institutions, decision-making processes and incentive structures to foster good land-use governance, based on lessons learnt from FLEGT experiences
  • To clarify land-use rights and strengthen land-use planning at the interface of REDD+ and FLEGT processes in order to reduce forest conversion and degradation
  • To link trends in demand for timber and agricultural commodities with jurisdiction-wide approaches to foster ‘deforestation-free’ production in producing countries
This paper provides an overview of the Facility’s activities and achievements under its 2013-2017 strategy. It summarises key insights that have emerged from the Facility’s work and gives examples of projects the Facility has implemented. Looking forward, it introduces the Facility’s strategy and goals for the period 2018-2022.


The publication is available in English, French and Spanish.