Voluntary Partnership Agreement Main Text

Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the European Union on the issuance and recognition of FLEGT Licences

Preamble

This is a Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the European Union on forest law enforcement, governance and trade (hereinafter referred to as “FLEGT”) in timber products to the European Union,

THE COOPERATIVEREPUBLIC OF GUYANA, hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”, and

THE EUROPEAN UNION, hereinafter referred to as “the Union”; hereinafter referred to together as “the Parties”,

CONSIDERING the Communication from the Commission to the Council and to the European Parliament on an EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) as a first step towards addressing urgent issues of illegal logging and the associated trade;

AWARE of the importance of the principles set out in the 1992 Rio Declaration in the context of securing sustainable forest management and, in particular, of Principle 10 concerning the importance of public awareness and participation in environmental issues and of Principle 22 concerning the vital role of indigenous people and other local communities in environmental management and development;

HAVING REGARD to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and, in particular, the requirement that CITES export permits issued by the Parties for specimens of species listed in Annexes I, II or III be granted only under certain conditions, including that such specimens are not obtained in breach of the relevant laws for the protection of fauna and flora;

REAFFIRMING the importance attached by the Parties to the principles and rules which govern the multilateral trading systems, in particular the rights and obligations laid down in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 and in other multilateral agreements listed in Annex IA of the Marrakesh Agreement of 15 April 1994 establishing the World Trade Organisation (WTO)and the need to apply them in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner;

HAVING REGARD to Council Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 of 20 December 2005 on the establishment of a FLEGT licensing scheme for the import of timber into the European Community;

HAVING REGARD to the commitments made by Guyana under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 2009 between Guyana and the Kingdom of Norway in addition to the policy of the Government to promote the sustainable use and development of Guyana’s forest resources and the initiation of the REDD+ programme;

ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of informing and involving stakeholders within the forestry sector, and the general public, engaging the consultations and encouraging them to participate in the development of the Annexes to this VPA;

REAFFIRMING the Government’s commitments under the Constitution, national legislation and International Conventions, the EU FLEGT VPA development and implementation will endeavour to include and involve all stakeholders regardless of gender, age, location, disability or any other form of discrimination;

RECOGNISING the negative effects of illegal logging on the economy and the citizens of Guyana, and the opportunity that the FLEGT VPA offers to strengthen the system of verification within the forestry sector of Guyana in addition to the development of the human resources and facilities with the sector and the connected entities;

THE PARTIES HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS:…Click here for more information

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