The European Union and Cameroon have signed a voluntary partnership agreement to stop illegal logging in the African country.
Under the agreement, all wood product shipments from Cameroon to any EU member state will be required, by July 2012, to have licenses that show their wood and timber components are from legal sources. The agreement underlines the ongoing efforts of Cameroon to improve the governance of its forest sector.
“This Agreement is a major step forward in our fight against illegal logging and will contribute to economic development and poverty alleviation in Cameroon,” European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs has noted.
Cameroon is the third country to sign the agreement with the EU, following the Congo and Ghana.