EU Ghana signs.jpThe Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Ghana and EU was signed in a ceremony in Brussels on November 20, 2009. Ghana is in the process of developing the relevant systems to implement the provisions of the agreement. A Wood Tracking System (WTS) and the protocols for assessing legal compliance are key elements under development.

From the 27th - 29th of January 2010, Ghana hosted the first Joint Monitoring Review Mechanism (JMRM)  meeting in Accra, since then, seven more JMRM sessions have been held. This monitoring mechanism is established under the Agreement to facilitate the implementation of the VPA, provide recommendations for capacity building and assess the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the Agreement.

About Ghana's VPA

24370410146 2d12b651f3 c1The VPA, proposed in the EU-FLEGT action plan are voluntary, bilateral agreements between producing countries (FLEGT Partner Countries) and the EU. The agreement sets out the commitments and actions of both parties to tackle illegal logging. In 2003, the Minister for Lands, Forestry and Mines formed a VPA Steering Committee to provide strategic leadership for the VPA process as well as advice the Government of Ghana on the approach to the negotiations. The VPA steering committee is a multi-stakholder body called M-SIC with representation drawn from the government sector, Timber Industry and Civil Society.

The Timber Validation Committee (TVC) was reconstituted in March 2018 by the sector Minister as provided for in L.I. 2254 of 2017. The formal inauguration however took place on April 13, 2018. The inaugural ceremony for the 11-member TVC took place at theConference room of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. The swearing-in  ceremony was performed by the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio who administered the oath of office for the TVC members on behalf of the sector Minister, Hon. John-Peter Amewu.

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Inauguration of the Timber Validation Committee
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Two-day training of Regional Office Staff (FSD) on the Wood Tracking System (WTS)

Group 1 : 7th-8th November, 2017

Group 2: 9th-10th November, 2017

Venue: FCTC, Akyakrom

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