UNEP-WCMC reports on EUTR implementation
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 September to October 2018.
The note highlights the release by UNEP-WCMC of the overviews of five timber source countries (Brazil, China, Myanmar/Burma, Russian Federation and Ukraine). The overviews aim to help operators and Competent Authorities identify and assess the risks of sourcing illegally harvested timber.
The briefing note summarises recent EUTR enforcement actions and related activities in Belgium, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It describes recent policy developments, reports and other news related to illegal logging and associated trade in Cameroon, Indonesia, Myanmar/Burma and Vietnam.
Among legislation and policy updates, the briefing reports on the FLEGT/EUTR Expert Group meeting, which took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 27 September 2018, and on the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which took place in Sochi, Russian Federation, from 1-5 October 2018. It also highlights the adoption by the European Commission of the ‘Guidance document on steps to be taken by EU Member States in the case of doubts as to the legality of timber from CITES-listed species imported into the EU’.
The briefing note was compiled by UNEP-WCMC as a consultant of the European Commission in close cooperation with the Member States Competent Authorities.