Indigenous peoples’ organisations and international NGOs call for slowdown of Guyana-EU FLEGT process

Indigenous peoples’ organisations and international NGOs call for slowdown of Guyana-EU FLEGT process

In April and May 2013 the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) of Guyana and a consortium of European NGOs, including Forest Peoples Programme, sent letters to the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the European Commission (EU) respectively, expressing concerns about rushed consultation processes and a lack of meaningful participation by forest dependent communities in the FLEGT process. 

To date there has been no formal response from the EU. The GFC has responded maintaining that (despite much evidence to the contrary) the process has ensured effective participation, and made no solid commitments to slow down the process. 

APA’s letter to the Guyana Forestry Commission (only available in English)   

FPP, FERN and Global Witness’ letter to the European Commission (only available in English)