The conviction and subsequent pardon of 155 Chinese nationals in July for illegal logging in Myanmar threw a spotlight on how massive volumes of timber stolen from the county’s precious frontier forests have been flowing unhindered into China for decades.
Global Witness has published a report that accuses EU companies of fuelling conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and claims that the EU Member States failed to implement Regulation (EU) 995/2010 (the EUTR).
This latest assessment of international efforts to improve forest governance and tackle illegal logging is based on studies undertaken in nineteen countries between 2013 and 2014. The findings show a mixed picture. At the national level progress is clearly evident.
The UK has shown a strong response to the problem of illegal logging and related trade. While the UK is one of the most proactive European countries in this area, a shift in product trade means that cooperation with exporting countries such as China would be beneficial.
The French government has actively engaged on the issue of illegal logging; developing the FLEGT Action Plan and supporting the implementation of VPAs. France has recently enacted legislation for implementation of the EUTR.