FLEGT Independent Market Monitor publishes third quarterly newsletter
The FLEGT Independent Market Monitor (IMM) has published the third edition of its quarterly newsletter, featuring updates on the IMM project, market and policy news.
The IMM is a multi-year programme funded by the European Union (EU) and managed by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). Its role is to use trade flow analysis and market research to independently assess trade and market impacts of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).
The newsletter — IMM News — provides a summary of the IMM’s research to understand market perceptions of VPAs and of VPA countries’ timber sectors across key EU Member States.
The summer edition of the newsletter opens with an article on the IMM Trade Consultation held in Nantes, France, in May 2018. It includes summaries of the three Nantes workshop sessions on ‘Impacts of FLEGT VPAs on trading with Central African countries’, ‘Purchase dynamics for companies sourcing from Indonesia’ and ‘Market trends for tropical timber in Europe’.
The newsletter also features a summary of findings of the IMM 2018 EU Furniture Sector Scoping Study, a contribution by the EU FLEGT Facility on Ghana’s Timber Transparency Portal, and an update on Indonesia and the EU’s approach for dealing with FLEGT-licensing teething issues.
The Market News section contains an updated analysis of EU/VPA partner country trade, while the Country Focus section updates on preparation for VPA implementation in Vietnam, including an analysis of EU-Vietnam timber and timber products trade.