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 July to August 2019.

The briefing indicates that the summary record of the 24th FLEGT/EUTR Expert Group meeting, which took place on 21 June 2019, is now available.

In other news related to the implementation and enforcement of the EUTR, the briefing provides an overview of actions taken by Competent Authorities in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the UK.

The briefing highlights the release by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) of the report titled ‘Condemning the Forest,’ which documents trafficking of timber across the Colombia-Peru border.  

On illegal logging and timber trade, the briefing describes an EIA investigation that reported violation of rosewood trade ban in Ghana. It also reports on the identification by Timberleaks of illegal African timber imports to France, and the French Government’s response. The briefing further points to: Austrian television bulletin reports on alleged illegal logging in Romania; the sentencing of timber company directors by an Indonesian court for breaching legality regulations; EIA videos that document bribery and corruption within timber companies in Gabon; and the Myanmar media response to the EIA’s ‘State of Corruption’ report.

Among legislation and policy updates, the briefing highlights the adoption by the European Commission of a Communication on ‘Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests.’ It reports on the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which addressed the strengthening of regulations for trade in tropical timber.

The briefing also mentions: A ban by the United States on timber imports from the Peruvian company Inversiones WCA EIRL; the permanent extension by Indonesia of its moratorium on issuance of new permits for conversion of primary forests and peatlands for oil palm, pulpwood and logging concessions; and the holding of a multi-stakeholder core group meeting on the draft Decree of Vietnam’s timber legality assurance system, a ‘fundamental commitment’ of the Vietnam/EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement on FLEGT.

The briefing closes with a list of other news, resources and publications.

The briefing note was compiled by UNEP-WCMC as a consultant of the European Commission in close cooperation with the Member States’ Competent Authorities.

UNEP-WCMC briefing note


Related content:

FLEGT.org news on the European Commission Communication on Forests

EU FLEGT Facility’s webpage on the Vietnam/EU VPA