In a commentary published by Mongabay, ecologist Dan Nepstad underlines that without support to building strong institutions, ‘it may not be possible to further curb tropical deforestation.’ He writes: ‘governments control the biggest levers for influencing the decision that is made every year by millions of people who live in or work in tropical forests–to cut trees or not.’
British timber operator Hardwood Dimensions (Holdings) Ltd has been fined for breaching regulations prohibiting the import and sale of illegally harvested timber. Hardwood Dimensions failed to check the legality of a batch of timber from Cameroon when placing it on the market, breaching regulations requiring businesses trading in timber and timber products in the UK to ensure that their products originate from legal sources.
In this exclusive interview with the ETTF, European Commission Director General for the Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo describes the first year of FLEGT licensing by Indonesia as a great start. Now, he says, it’s the responsibility of all stakeholders to capitalise on the opportunities presented by this unique timber legality initiative and to take the wider EU FLEGT Action Plan forward.
Six years have now passed since the end of civil conflict that destabilised Côte d’Ivoire for years. In this period, the country has made great strides towards improved governance and accountability. It held free and fair elections, adopted a new constitution making government structures more representative, and undertook institutional reforms. Rule of law, however, is still not completely institutionalised across the country.
The Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) have adopted a five-year plan for the implementation of their Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) aimed at eliminating illegal logging. This Agreement is part of the EU initiative on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
Une mission d’observation indépendante effectuée en République Centrafricaine fait partie des actions menées dans le pays dans le cadre du Plan d’action sur l’application des règlementations forestières, la gouvernance et les échanges commerciaux (FLEGT) de l’Union européenne (UE). Comprenant des membres de la société civile ainsi que des fonctionnaires de l’État, les activités de cette mission ont amorcé un processus de reprise de confiance et de restauration de la crédibilité du secteur.
A mandated independent observation project carried out in the Central African Republic is one of the actions initiated in the country as part of the European Union (EU) Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). By involving members of civil society and Government officials, the project has triggered a revival of confidence and credibility within the forest sector.
The European Forest Institute has issued a call for tender for a National FLEGT Expert for Indonesia. The objective of the assignment is to support the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and the EU, represented by EU Delegation to Indonesia and the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) of the European Commission, in the licensing phase of the VPA.
The EU FLEGT Facility has published a briefing that compares two regulatory approaches that aim to prevent trade in illegally-harvested timber and timber products: Japan’s Clean Wood Act and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).
The EU FLEGT Facility has published a briefing on the Chinese Timber Legality Verification System (CTLVS) and associated policies that China is developing to combat illegal logging and trade in illegal timber.