VPA Annexes

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ANNEX I

Product Scope

Date of Document: 01‐20‐2017
Version of document: 3
Status: Draft

PRODUCT SCOPE

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”) after reviewing its legislation and capacity to effectively trace timber products from its source to export has proposed the products listed below to be the products whose export from Guyana to the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the “Union”) will be covered by a FLEGT licence and the Union has accepted same.

Guyana and the Union agree to the use of the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System(hereinafter referred to as the “HS CODE”) as the official description of the timber products under this Voluntary Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the “VPA”)…Click here for more information


ANNEX II

Draft Legality Definition for EU – Guyana Voluntary Partnership Agreement

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 6
Status: Draft

BACKGROUND

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”) has a total land area of 21.1 million hectares, of which 18.4 million hectares are forested. Based on the results of Guyana’s Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (hereinafter referred to as the “MRVS”), Guyana is recognised as having a low deforestation rate (0.065% as at the end of 2014) compared with the rest of the world. Of the forested area, approximately 12.6 million hectares is State Forest administered by the Guyana Forestry Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “GFC”). These forests are classified as swamp forest on the coast and rain forest, seasonal and dry evergreen forest in the interior.

The forests of Guyana are valuable reservoirs of biodiversity and provide a habit for approximately 8,000 plant species and in excess of 1,000 species of terrestrial vertebrates. A high proportion of the forests of Guyana is pristine (the forests of the Guiana Shield have been recognised as one of the last remaining “frontier forests” of the world), they contain many animal and plant endemics (it is estimated that 5% of all flora species in Guyana are endemic); these forests provide numerous habitats for wildlife; and freshwater ecosystems further enhance the value of these forests. In addition, the forests provide other ecological services: the maintenance of soil quality and the limiting of erosion and protection of the soil from the direct impact of rainfall…Click here for more information


ANNEX III

CONDITIONS GOVERNING THE RELEASE FOR FREE CIRCULATION IN THE UNION OF TIMBER PRODUCTS EXPORTED FROM GUYANA AND COVERED BY A FLEGT LICENCE

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 2
Status: Draft

General framework

Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 of 20 December 2005 on the establishment of a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (hereinafter referred to as ‘FLEGT’) licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community[1]and its Implementing Regulation [2] govern the conditions for entry into the European Union’s (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Union’) market for timber and derived products covered by a FLEGT licence from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”). These Regulations provide for adaptation of detailed procedures to national conditions and, in particular, envision different possibilities for the competent authorities responsible for accepting FLEGT licences on entry into the Union market, which may be a customs authority or another national authority. For this reason, the description of the process divides verification into two steps: (1) checks on licenced documents and (2) physical checks for the conformity of the actual shipment to the licence…Click here for more information


ANNEX IV

Requirements and Technical Specifications for FLEGT Licences

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 3
Status: Draft

General requirements relating to FLEGT licences

  1. Any timber listed in Annex I: Product Scope of this Voluntary Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Agreement’) which is exported from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”) to the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Union’) is required to have a FLEGT Licence.
  2. “FLEGT licence” means a document issued by the Guyana Foresrty Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “GFC”) which confirms that a shipment of timber products intended for export to the Union has been legally produced and verified in accordance with the criteria laid down in this Agreement.
  3. FLEGT licences may be issuedin paper or electronic form.
  4. FLEGT Licences shall be issued for a single shipment of a single exporter and to a first point of entry into the European Union…Click here for more information

ANNEX V

The Guyana Timber Legality Assurance System (GTLAS)

Date of Document: 01‐20‐2017
Version of document: 2
Status: Draft

Introduction

Objective

The objective of the Guyana Timber Legality Assurance System (hereinafter referred to as the “GTLAS”) is to provide assurance that timber and forest produce produced and processed in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”) come from legal sources and are in full compliance with the relevant legislations of Guyana…Click here for more information


Annex VI

Terms of Reference for the Independent Audit of the GTLAS

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 4
Status: Draft

Introduction

As it relates to the implementation of this Voluntary Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the VPA), the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the “Union”) and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”)(hereinafter jointly referred to as the “Parties”) agree on the need for independent auditing in order to assess the performance and efficiency of the Guyana Timber Legality Assurance System (hereinafter referred to as the “GTLAS”).

In 2009, Guyana and the Kingdom of Norway (hereinafter referred to as “Norway”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (hereinafter referred as the “MoU”) regarding cooperation on issues related to the fight against climate change, in particular those concerning reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (hereinafter referred to as “REDD-plus”), the protection of biodiversity, and enhancement of sustainable, low carbon development…Click here for more information


ANNEX VIII

Supporting Measures and Financing Mechanisms

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 2
Status: Draft

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”) in preparing and implementing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the “VPA”) recognizes that there are key areas which need to be developed and expanded. The successful implementation of the VPA is linked to the input and support of all persons (natural or corporate) and Ministries identified in Annex II, who may require assistance in order to effectively execute their roles and responsibilities in relation to the VPA. In light of this, Guyana has identified a number of key areas which require financial and technical support in order for all persons (natural or corporate) and Ministries to effectively execute their roles in relation to the VPA, and has communicated same to the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the “Union”). The Union accepts that there are areas under the VPA which will require financial and technical support. The Union commits to assist Guyana to acquire the financial and technical assistance required to effectively implement the VPA…Click here for more information


ANNEX IX

Criteria for Assessing the Operationality of Guyana’s Timber Legality Assurance System

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 2
Status: Draft

Background

This Agreement provides for the implementation of a Legality Assurance System (hereinafter referred to as the “LAS”) intended to guarantee that all timber and derived products covered by this Voluntary Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the “VPA”) placed on the domestic market and exported from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”) are imported, harvested, produced, transported and sold legally…Click here for more information


ANNEX X

Public Access to Information on the FLEGT Licence

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 3
Status: Draft

Public Access to Information on the FLEGT Licence
1. WHEREAS in keeping with the policies of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as ‘Guyana’) and the European Union (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Union’) to adopt transparent and accountable natural resource management, Guyana and the Union (hereinafter referred to as “the Parties”) agree that the availability of information is essential for the successful implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as ‘the VPA’). In this light, the Parties are committed to ensuring that there is continuing access to information in order to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the VPA…Click here for more information


ANNEX XI

Joint Monitoring and Review Committee

Date of Document: 01‐19‐2017
Version of document: 2
Status: Draft

Joint Monitoring and Review Committee
The Cooperative Republic of Guyana (hereinafter referred to as “Guyana”) and the European Union (hereinafter referred to as “the Union”) (hereinafter referred to together as “the Parties”) in exercise of the powers and obligations under Article 19 of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Agreement’), hereby establish the ‘Joint Monitoring and Review Committee’ (hereinafter referred to as “the JMRC”). The JMRC shall consist of members appointed by the Parties and will function,in accordance with the constitution developed by the Parties, as a decision-making bodywith the responsibility for undertaking and facilitating monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the VPA…Click here for more information


Supply Chain Control

Date of Document: 11/13/2015
Version: 1
Status of Document: Draft

Supply Chain ControlClick here for more information

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