Open online consultation on illegal logging and timber legality

©CIFOR/Mokhamad Edliadi Illegal logging undermines sustainable forest management and impairs poverty alleviation, food security and climate change mitigation. Acutely aware of these negative impacts on sustainable growth, over the past 15 years several timber producing and importing countries have scaled up their efforts to combat illegal logging and to improve the legality of timber production and trade.

In a major initiative to foster greater timber legality around the world, the Japanese government is providing financial support to FAO to implement a new project Enhancing knowledge and capacity around forest-related legislation and timber legality. With its principal focus on increasing understanding of the components of timber legality across the production and supply chains and of generating greater and easier access to information on national legislation, the project will establish and develop a set of Guiding Legal Elements (GLEs) for forest management, and timber production and trade. These Elements will form the framework for an online FAO database (Timber-Lex) that will catalogue forest-related legislation for timber trading countries.

As a preliminary step, FAO is launching a public online consultation to gather opinions from a broad range of stakeholders on the development of the GLEs and of Timber-Lex. The forum will be FAO’s REDD+ and Forest Governance online discussion group.

We encourage interested parties to contribute to this important consultation, by sharing opinions and experiences and voicing expectations. By taking part you will help shape FAO’s latest initiative to combat illegal logging and related trade.

If you are not yet a member of the REDD+ and Forest Governance discussion group, please register using the “Join now” link at this website https://dgroups.org/fao/law-for-redd-plus/discussions/z2aphsqt.

The consultation is active from 29 July to 29 August 2019 and is available in English, French and Spanish.

We thank you in advance for your contributions.

FAO Forestry Department

last updated:  Thursday, August 8, 2019