EUTR Implementation: UNEP-WCMC releases Feb-March 2018 Briefing Note

The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released a Briefing Note on developments relevant to the implementation and enforcement of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). The note, which covers the period from February to March 2018, was developed by UNEP-WCMC as a consultant of the European Commission in close cooperation with the competent authorities of the European Union (EU) Member States.

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The Briefing Note features various news on the enforcement of the EUTR. These include fines imposed on UK and Swedish operators for breaches of the EUTR, enhanced supervision of operators by the Danish Environment Protection Agency, and a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency on the relationship between the EUTR and the Lacey Act.

On illegal logging and trade, the Note reports on, among other items, Poland’s logging in the Natura 2000 Puszcza Białowieska site, a Gabonese ban on exploitation of kevazingo, Laos’ progress in tackling illegal logging, and a report by Earthsight on the impact of industrial agriculture on forests of the Congo Basin.

The Briefing Note also includes a section on legislation and policy, both at the EU and international level. This section includes a report on the February 2018 meeting of the FLEGT/EUTR Expert Group, an announcement of an upcoming EUTR event at the Thünen Institute in October 2018, and various news related to the Forest Stewardship Council. 

UNEP-WCMC Briefing Note