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Forest loss and deforestation are often the result of poor land-use governance. Poor land-use governance occurs when longstanding challenges are not addressed such as weak legal and institutional frameworks, conflict over forest access and use, limited management capacities and corruption. The issue of land-use governance tends to receive little attention in the context of global climate change policy. This side event will highlight a number of recent EU initiatives aimed at improving land-use governance and strengthening stakeholder engagement in tropical forest countries including the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and the EU facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership. The event will also look at future EU policies including an EU Action Plan on deforestation and building on lessons learnt from the EU FLEGT Action Plan to address forest conversion driven by the consumption and production of agricultural commodities.

Read more: COP22: Addressing forest governance challenges to tackle deforestation



  • Philip Mikos, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Morocco
  • Harrison S. Karnwea, Director, Forestry Development Authority, Liberia
  • Maxime Nzita, EU Deputy Facilitator, Congo Basin Forest Partnership
  • Samuel Nah Ndobe, civil society activist, Cameroon
  • Valérie Merckx, European Forest Institute's EU FLEGT and REDD facilities
  • Aida Greenbury, Chief Sustainability, Asia Pulp & Paper Group
  • Kate Dooley, Fern


  • Fred Pearce, Environment writer and journalist

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