From firewood to furniture, from protecting wildlife to supporting multi-billion-dollar industries, the world’s great forests matter to everyone. But they’re threatened by illegal logging. Changes to policy, law enforcement, and trade can together help save the world’s last great tropical forests.
The European Union adopted the FLEGT Action Plan in 2003. FLEGT stands for Forests, Laws, Enforcement, Governance, Trade. The plan aims to address illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance, and promoting trade in legally-produced timber. It includes activities in timber-exporting countries, and involves agreements with Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Liberia, and Republic of Congo.
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network created a web guide to help journalists better understand FLEGT, its implementation, and its impact.
The guide includes:
- Context explaining why forests matter and why illegal logging persists.
- A breakdown of the FLEGT Action Plan, including topics such as law, governance, and trade.
- Case studies and a description of progress-to-date.
- Reporting tips, story ideas, sources, and a checklist for journalists.
- An overview of how FLEGT fits into the global picture, including other markets and international plans to reduce greenhouse gases.
To consult the English guide, click here: http://earthjournalism.net/resources/flegt-media-a-reporting-guide-on-iillegal-logging 
To download a French PDF of each section of the guide, click here: http://www.flegtmedia.org/documents/304927/402568/FLEGT+Media+module+FR+April+2017.pdf/15c8cafd-87f9-fb25-f855-a2f74889adda