In 2003, the European Union (EU) published the FLEGT Action Plan which aims to limit the amount of illegal timber entering the EU. The objectives of the FLEGT approach are to combat illegal logging, promote sustainable forestry, improve forest governance in producer countries and fight poverty. It was within the framework of this action plan that the European Union Timber Regulation was developed and put into force.
The EU is funding projects that are implementing flagship actions of the FLEGT Action Plan, such as the FLEGT VPA and the EUTR. In particular, it finances the FLEGT IP project implemented by ATIBT which is part of the FLEGT-REDD project (FFEM). In this context, FLEGT-Certification focal points have been set up in the target countries, who are contributing to the revision and updating of the TTP profiles for their country.