“A level playing field”? What an environmental justice lens can tell us about who gets leveled in the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan

Maryudi, Ahmad, Acheampong, Emmanuel, Rutt, Rebecca L., Myers, Rodd and Dermott, Constance L. (2020) “A level playing field”? What an environmental justice lens can tell us about who gets leveled in the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan. Society and Natural Resources, 33 (7). pp. 859-875. ISSN 0894-1920

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Abstract

The European Union introduced Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) as the key components. The VPA and EUTR have been conceived as complementary tools to establish a “level playing field.” This paper analyses how a level playing field has been conceptualized, approached, and experienced in practice. It focuses on the adoption and implementation of EUTR and VPA in Europe, Indonesia, and Ghana. Our research highlights inequities in the practice of “leveling” and outcomes from a presumed level field. Stakeholder engagement excluded some factions of the private sector, notably SME operators, favoring select NGOs in general. New systems also favor larger operators who possess more capacity to deal with legality requirements. This leads small operators to perceive of a so-called level playing field as one in which they are disadvantaged, indicating multiple injustices against already vulnerable groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eutr,flegt,ghana,illegal logging,indonesia,notions of justice,timber trade,vpa,timber,communities,indigenous peoples,agency,policy,legality,voluntary partnership agreement,ghana,environmental science (miscellaneous),development,sociology and political science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2301
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2020 08:37
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 23:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74360
DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2020.1725201

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