The EU and Indonesia signed a long-awaited deal on illegal logging on 4 May. The agreement, under negotiation for four years, should see systems in place to curb trade in illegally logged timber by 2013.
NGOs warn the success of the voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) will depend on the Indonesian government taking steps to combat corruption and improve transparency.
Indonesia, the third-largest tropical forest nation, is the fifth country to sign a VPA with the EU and Asia’s first. VPAs emerged from the European Commission’s 2003 action plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).