China and the European Union (EU) are strengthening their efforts to address illegal logging and promote legal timber trade through their Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance. The 9th meeting of the BCM took place in Beijing, China, on 7 March 2018.
An article published in Front Page Africa describes the progress made by Liberia towards good forest governance since the end of the 14-year civil war, highlighting the ‘gradual rise’ of women’s participation in the forest sector. The writer outlines the benefits of greater participation of women in decision-making processes related to forests.
On 8 March 2018, the Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) organised the first Trade Consultation in London, United Kingdom (UK). The Consultation aimed to inform participants about the latest Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) developments, and to provide an opportunity for them to voice opinions about FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) processes.
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.
FLEGT.org, a one-stop centre to access information and knowledge about FLEGT, was launched in 2016. It aims to help achieve the goals of the EU FLEGT Action Plan by facilitating networking among FLEGT actors.
FLEGT.org est un portail unique d'accès à des informations et connaissances sur le FLEGT qui a été lancé en 2016. Il a pour objectif d'aider à atteindre les objectifs du Plan d'action FLEGT de l'UE à travers la mise en contact des différents acteurs du FLEGT.
FLEGT.org es un portal único de acceso a información y conocimientos sobre FLEGT que se lanzó en 2016. Tiene como objetivo ayudar a alcanzar los objetivos del Plan de Acción FLEGT de la UE, poniendo en contacto a los diferentes actores de FLEGT.