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The European Union and Germany issue a position paper on Cameroon’s proposed timber legality verification and traceability system

01 April 2021
The European Union and Germany have published a position paper on Cameroon’s proposed timber legality verification and traceability system, the Système informatisé de gestion des informations forestières – SIGIF2, accessible here (French) and here (English). The EU and Germany, through its development cooperation [...]

Newly released report presents new method to calculate illegal production and trade of timber in Peru

26 March 2021
The Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Peru has released a report outlining a new and updated method to calculate illegal timber production and trade in the country.  The report, completed with the support of the USAID Pro-Bosques Activity, [...]

Forestry Department of Sarawak endorses new Harmonised Reduced Impact Logging Guidelines

17 March 2021
Sarawak, Malaysia Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) is a comprehensive set of planning, monitoring and control practices regulating timber harvesting operations. RIL was first developed for the Sarawak Department in 1998; since then, several versions of the guidelines have been developed across [...]

Improving forest resource management in Mozambique

16 March 2021
Sofala, Mozambique – March 2021 Mozambique is one of Africa’s most significant timber exporters; however, concerns over the legality and sustainability of the timber traded threatens the expansion of this market and led to calls for collaborative action to promote good [...]

FLEGT process highlighted in new timber design exhibition

15 March 2021
The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has presented the winners of its design competition, Conversations about Climate Change, in a virtual exhibition. Created using tropical hardwoods from countries involved in the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action [...]

Vietnamese NGO works with youth to promote a culture of legal timber

02 March 2021
Consumer demand for high-value tropical hardwood products in Viet Nam has driven the illegal harvesting and import of endangered timber species from high-risk sources, presenting a challenge for Viet Nam’s national agenda on legal and sustainable timber trade. To address this, [...]

Promoting Legal Timber Markets: the Role of Public Procurement Policies in the Tropics

24 February 2021
New article published by Chatham House - Promoting Legal Timber Markets: the Role of Public Procurement Policies in the Tropics. The article highlights the importance of public procurement policies in tropical timber-producing countries in reducing the amount of illegal timber produced [...]

Honduras y la Unión Europea firman Acuerdo Voluntario de Asociación

24 February 2021
The following Press Release was originally published on the FAO Honduras website. Bruselas, Bélgica. Honduras es el primer país latinoamericano en firmar un Acuerdo Voluntario de Asociación (AVA) con la Unión Europea (UE). El acuerdo bilateral tiene como objetivo mejorar la [...]

Raising awareness about timber legality among Indigenous Communities in Guyana

05 February 2021
The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), as the lead agency in the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between Guyana and the European Union, has partnered with relevant government agencies to strengthen legal compliance in line with the requirements set out in the VPA. [...]

Use of legal timber now mandatory in public procurement in Cameroon

03 February 2021
In Cameroon, Government orders account for the largest share of sawn wood and furniture purchased in the country.  As legal timber is scarce on the domestic market, these orders inadvertently support illegal timber production and trade. To address this issue, [...]
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