In 2019, Ghana will become the first African country to be licensed to export timber to European markets.
By the end of this year, Ghana will be the first African country to obtain timber export licenses to the European market after meeting a series of requirements set out in the voluntary partnership agreement signed with the European Union more than a decade ago.
At present, the EU is in the process of issuing final confirmation of forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) licences to Ghana to ensure that the export of timber and timber products to the EU meets the required standards.
The Forestry Commission of Ghana (FC) disclosed the news yesterday. Ghana will be the second country in the world to receive EU licenses after Indonesia. The Forestry Commission will focus its work at this stage on the management structure of departments, the streamlining of laws, and the strengthening of the participation of local communities and civil society organizations.
The fact that Ghana is allowed to start exporting timber products to the EU means that Ghana must abide by all protocols to ensure the export of timber on the basis of sustainable development and within the legal framework, while protecting the integrity of forest resources.