On 23 July the European Commission (EC) adopted the Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World's Forests. It’s a new ambitious European approach in response to the continued widespread destruction of the world's forests.
The European Union (EU) and Laos held their third round of face-to-face negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The talks took place in Brussels, Belgium from 17-21 June 2019. The Agreement aims to establish a system to verify the legality of timber products harvested and exported by Laos. This helps to promote trade in legal timber products, improves forest governance and contributes to combatting illegal logging.
The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has published its latest briefing note on the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which covers the period March to April 2019.
An investigative journalist has exposed how companies in China launder wood of dubious origin in products they export, and how their customers in the EU are often aware of the fraud but don’t care and may even encourage it.
La Comisión Europea (CE) lanza una consulta pública con el objetivo de contribuir al desarrollo de un enfoque integrado de la UE para combatir la deforestación, proteger los bosques y promover cadenas de suministro sostenibles.
La Commission européenne (CE) a lancé une consultation publique afin de contribuer au développement d’une approche intégrée de l’Union Européenne (UE) pour lutter contre la déforestation, protéger les forêts et promouvoir les chaînes d’approvisionnement durables.