Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).
This article (in German) describes the implementation of a DDS in practical ways in a company and how the FSC certification system can help to implement each step. A flow chart shows a step by step how to go about when an operator plans to order timber products.
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.
This publication captures the key issues that resulted from the discussions from the conference which engaged 140 regional stakeholders, as well as public and private sector representatives from 10 Latin America countries and from demand side markets such as the EU and the US.