EUTR Information – March 2019 to March 2020


This challenge of the EUTR Information supplies an replace on the operation of the EU’s regulation to handle unlawful logging, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), from March 2019 to March 2020. As with all of our earlier editions, this challenge will embody data on what each the European Fee and EU Member States are doing to make sure the right utility of the EUTR, and supply updates on comparable laws internationally.

Editorial from ClientEarth on the seventh anniversary of the EUTR

Though the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) entered into pressure in 2010, March 2020 marks the seventh anniversary of when the EUTR grew to become totally relevant in all EU Member States.

Whereas quite a lot of implementation gaps stay after 10 years of the Regulation being in pressure, many Member States have developed techniques of checks and are making use of sanctions extra constantly. It’s noteworthy that the previous 12 months has seen many outcomes of checks carried out beforehand in 2018. Certainly, 2018 had been what may very well be referred to as a ‘peak 12 months’ relating to the variety of checks carried out each on home and importing operators by Competent Authorities since applicability of the EUTR. 2019 noticed a few of the ensuing enforcement motion from these checks, in addition to greater than 171 substantiated considerations acquired by Competent Authorities within the first half of the 12 months. Remaining challenges embody the necessity for elevated controls on home timber operators, price range and capability allocation inside Competent Authorities, in addition to tackling shifts within the import routes of illegally sourced timber.

In its 2019 Communication on Stepping up EU Motion to Defend and Restore the World’s Forests, the Fee acknowledged that “the EU’s goal to cut back gross tropical deforestation by 50% by 2020 is unlikely to be met…”. Thus, ClientEarth welcomes the initiatives undertaken by the Fee in early 2020 which embody the publication of each the Fee’s Roadmap for the Health Verify on the EUTR and FLEGT Regulation, in addition to the Fee’s Inception Impression Evaluation on deforestation. These initiatives pave the best way for an in depth examination of the present regulatory framework within the EU and current alternatives to bolster that framework with new, sturdy regulatory and non-regulatory measures.

In February 2020, the Fee additionally supplied one other sign of its intention to enhance the enforcement of the EUTR by launching infringement proceedings in opposition to Romania on the grounds of failure to correctly implement the EUTR by permitting illegally harvested wooden to enter the EU market.

For extra particulars on this previous 12 months’s actions, we encourage you to take a look beneath on the anniversary version of ClientEarth’s EUTR E-newsletter which summarises the primary developments from March 2019 to March 2020.

Contents:

1. European Fee assist to implementation and enforcement of the EUTR

European Fee FLEGT/EUTR Skilled Group conferences
European Fee sends letter of formal discover to Romania for misapplication of the EUTR
Fee publishes its meant Health Verify for each EUTR and FLEGT Regulation
European Fee’s newest overview of Competent Authority checks
European Fee’s overview of EUTR compliance checks
The European Fee’s Inexperienced Deal
European Fee FLEGT Regulation report for 2017
European Fee steering doc on ‘battle timber’

2. Member State enforcement of the EUTR

Dutch court docket guidelines importers of Myanmar teak should be capable to hint legality from stump to transport
UK authorities points temporary on timber imports submit Brexit
France issued a high-quality for breach of the EUTR
UK furnishings firm pleads responsible to felony offences underneath the EUTR as European enforcement scales up
Entry to German market denied for teak from Myanmar
Belgian authorities blocked cargo of tropical timber from Gabon after warning from Greenpeace
EUTR inspection of Holzindustrie Schweighofer in Romania
The Belgian Competent Authority fines an operator named in a International Witness report
Pure Sources Institute of Finland printed a assessment of LesEGAIS system

3. Different EU and worldwide updates

2020 International Discussion board on Forest Governance – dates introduced
2019 Spott palm oil assessments launched by ZSL
European Fee deliberate actions to sort out deforestation
Revision of Forest Regulation adopted in China
New penalties for forest crimes in Myanmar
Human Rights Watch launched a report on deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon
NGOs name for EU motion in opposition to deforestation in Brazil
Administrators of 4 Indonesian timber corporations sentenced to jail

4. Publications and sources

EU
Worldwide

1. European Fee assist to implementation and enforcement of the EUTR

This previous 12 months, the European Fee continued to carry common FLEGT/EUTR Skilled Group conferences, they despatched a letter of formal discover to Romanian authorities, printed an meant Health Verify for each EUTR and FLEGT Regulation and a Communication on The European Inexperienced Deal. In addition they printed a steering doc on ‘battle timber’.

European Fee FLEGT/EUTR Skilled Group conferences

The FLEGT/EUTR Skilled Group held its 27th assembly on 19 February 2020. The agenda of the assembly included, amongst others, discussions on the launched Health Verify to each EUTR and FLEGT Laws, an replace on the Life Mission on EUTR implementation, in addition to the adoption of the steering doc on due diligence. Minutes must be out there quickly.

The European Fee additionally printed the minutes of the 26th assembly, which happened on 12 December 2019. The assembly included discussions on each the Inexperienced Deal and the EU Forest Convention (4-5 February 2020), in addition to the end result of the casual EUTR Enforcement Group assembly, and an replace on VPA negotiations.

European Fee sends letter of formal discover to Romania for misapplication of the EUTR

On 12 February 2020, the European Fee issued a letter of formal discover to Romania to induce the Member State to correctly implement the EUTR. Romania was given one month to take the mandatory measures to handle the shortcomings the Fee recognized. Ought to it fail to take action, the Fee might determine to challenge a reasoned opinion to the Competent Authority in Romania.

This follows an earlier criticism filed by a coalition of three environmental NGOs (EuroNatur, Agent Inexperienced and ClientEarth) to the European Fee in opposition to authorities in Romania. The organisations claimed that Romania’s state forestry administration, Romsilva, carried out logging operations inside Natura 2000 protected websites with out assessing their affect on these areas.

Fee publishes its meant Health Verify for each EUTR and FLEGT Regulation

On 31 January 2020, the European Fee printed the Roadmap to its meant Health Verify of each the EUTR and FLEGT Regulation. It was potential for stakeholders to offer suggestions on the Roadmap on the Fee’s web site till 28 February. The Fee will then take into account these contributions whereas producing its Health Verify. A public session on each rules is anticipated within the first half of2020.

European Fee’s newest overview of Competent Authority checks

In January 2020, the European Fee printed the newest briefing observe for Competent Authorities implementing the EUTR (protecting September-November 2019) produced by UNEP-WCMC. Earlier editions might be discovered right here.

European Fee’s overview of EUTR compliance checks

In January 2020, the European Fee launched its newest report offering an summary of the EUTR compliance checks carried out, and penalties imposed by EU Member States’ and EEA Competent Authorities over the interval from January to June 2019.

The European Fee’s Inexperienced Deal

The Fee’s Communication on The European Inexperienced Deal and its Roadmap, printed on 11 December 2019, contains parts on each tropical and European forests. It pushes for a brand new EU Forest Technique protecting the entire forest cycle and selling the various companies that forests present. Constructing on the Communication on Stepping up EU Motion to Defend and Restore the World’s Forests, the Fee will take measures, each regulatory and in any other case, to advertise imported merchandise and worth chains that don’t contain deforestation and forest degradation.

European Fee FLEGT Regulation report for 2017

In June 2019, the European Fee printed the Annual Synthesis Report on the implementation of the FLEGT licensing scheme for 2017. Throughout that 12 months, 28,826 licenses have been acquired by Member States, of which over 98% (over 658 million kg of timber and timber merchandise) have been validated. The report underlines remaining challenges, and notes that’s nonetheless essential to make sure constant reporting of knowledge on FLEGT licences and customs declarations. The European Fee additionally recognized an issue of restricted entry of Member States to information on SILK, the Indonesian Timber Legality Info System.

European Fee steering doc on ‘battle timber’

In Could 2019, the European Fee printed a steering doc for the EUTR on ‘Consideration of prevalence of armed battle and sanctions in due diligence techniques’. The doc defines notions of ‘prevalence of armed battle’ and ‘sanctions’ and specifies components that must be considered in danger evaluation procedures.

2. Member State enforcement of the EUTR

The previous 12 months has seen motion from completely different Competent Authorities to proceed their efforts to implement the EUTR. In The Netherlands, a court docket dominated importers of Myanmar teak should be capable to hint legality from stump to transport, France issued a high-quality for breach of the EUTR whereas within the UK, a furnishings firm pleads responsible to felony offences underneath the EUTR. Entry to the German market was denied for teak from Myanmar, and in Belgium, authorities blocked a cargo of tropical timber from Gabon after a warning from Greenpeace, and fined an operator named in a International Witness report.

Dutch court docket guidelines importers of Myanmar teak should be capable to hint legality from stump to transport

In February 2020, the Dutch Administrative Courtroom dominated that importers of teak from Myanmar should be capable to hint the legality of the supply of timber. This ruling upheld a discovering by the Dutch Meals and Shopper Product Security Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit) that teak from Myanmar traded for yacht development was not compliant with native and Dutch legislations.

UK authorities points temporary on timber imports submit Brexit

In January 2020, the UK up to date its steering on timber buying and selling to incorporate the standing of imports and exports as of 1 January 2021. From 1 January 2021, operators and importers might want to comply with completely different processes for buying and selling timber and timber merchandise presently lined by EU regulation. The steering stresses that the UK may have its personal regulation for buying and selling timber, and that these legal guidelines may have the identical necessities as present EU guidelines.

France issued a high-quality for breach of the EUTR

In keeping with Le Commerce du Bois, France issued an administrative high-quality of €5,000  in December 2019 to the corporate ‘Carbon Market’ for breaching the EUTR. On 24th June 2019, a French administrative authority issued a proper discover in opposition to Carbon Market, giving them one month to arrange a due diligence system for his or her imports that included an evaluation of the danger and the mitigation measures taken by the corporate. In its administrative order, the French authority highlighted the key non-conformity with the EUTR together with the shortage of rigorous danger evaluation concerning Carbon Market’s imports and the shortage of danger mitigation processes, although the corporate imports from high-risk profile international locations (Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Cameroon, Gabon and Congo).  Again in September 2019, it seems Carbon Market had knowledgeable the French Competent Authority (CA) that it had a contract for an upcoming audit of all of its suppliers. Nonetheless, the French CA determined that whereas this contract may safe future imports, it was not sufficient to indicate that due diligence had been undertaken for previous imports. International Witness’ report ‘Patrons Beware’, printed in March 2019, names Carbon Market, though it isn’t clear if there’s a hyperlink between this report and the high-quality issued by the French Authorities.

UK furnishings firm pleads responsible to felony offences underneath the EUTR as European enforcement scales up

In keeping with Forest Tendencies, two felony offenses have been upheld underneath the EUTR in September 2019 at Birmingham magistrates court docket in opposition to Heartlands Furnishings (Wholesale) Ltd. its director pled responsible on each offences. The offences mirrored points with the corporate in guaranteeing traceability in its provide chain and failure to train due diligence on two particular merchandise.  On Four December 2019, Heartlands Furnishings was sentenced and issued with two fines of £4,000 and ordered to pay full prices of £5,177.86 and a sufferer surcharge of £170.00 for the 2 offences. Heartlands Furnishings needed to pay a complete of £13,347.86 by 18 January 2020.

Entry to German market denied for teak from Myanmar

In August 2019, teak imported by a German operator from Myanmar through Singapore was denied entry to the EU market. The German authorities took two shipments of teak from Myanmar into custody after an onsite inspection. Because the operator was unable to indicate that the danger was negligible, the timber was returned to Myanmar.

Belgian authorities blocked cargo of tropical timber from Gabon after warning from Greenpeace

In July 2019, Greenpeace alerted Belgian Authorities to a cargo of timber arriving within the Port of Antwerp which will have been produced by a Chinese language firm implicated in unlawful exploitation of the Gabonese rainforest. Customized officers reacted shortly and blocked the location of the tropical timber on the EU market. The Belgian Competent Authority additionally initiated proceedings as a way to verify whether or not the Belgian firm that acquired the cargo acted in compliance with the EUTR.

EUTR inspection of Holzindustrie Schweighofer in Romania

In April 2019, Holzindustrie Schweighofer, one of many largest timber processing corporations in Europe, acknowledged that it handed its compliance checks underneath the EUTR, carried out by the Romanian Competent Authority in Sebes sawmill. In its press launch, Holzindustrie Schweighofer introduced a listing of adopted measures as a way to guarantee a sustainable and safe wooden provide chain in Romania. These embody a GPS-tracking system, a ‘Zero Timber from Nationwide Parks’ coverage, strict controls for delicate forest areas, afforestation initiatives and compliance coaching for Romanian workers.

The Belgian Competent Authority fines an operator named in a International Witness report

In March 2019, one of many corporations named within the International Witness report ‘Blood Timberwas fined €12,000 by the Belgian Competent Authority for infringing the EUTR obligation to carry out due diligence. The report revealed severe irregularities associated to timber commerce with the Central African Republic in the course of the civil conflict. International Witness highlighted that it was the primary high-quality in Belgium for the reason that EUTR got here into pressure.

Pure Sources Institute of Finland printed a assessment of LesEGAIS system

In 2019, a report assessing using the Russian digital timber commerce monitoring system (LesEGAIS) was printed by the Nationwide Sources Institute of Finland, on the request of the Finnish Competent Authority (the Finnish Meals Authority). The system, launched in 2013, provides the Russian authorities entry to data on logging and timber commerce corporations, forest use declarations, logging and possession documentation in addition to different related agreements, stories and notifications. They plan to develop LesEGAIS in order that the system additionally incorporates digital cargo document books and timber storage registers. Further plans embody monitoring the motion of timber vehicles and forest machines through a satellite tv for pc monitoring system.

3. Different EU and worldwide updates

Within the EU and internationally, a number of organisations have been working to handle unlawful logging. Key updates to notice embody developments on forest crime in Myanmar, the adoption of the revision of the Forest Regulation in China, and the Fee’s deliberate actions to sort out deforestation. ZSL Spott launched new palm oil assessments, Human Rights Watch launched a report on deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon, and NGOs referred to as for EU motion in opposition to deforestation in Brazil.

2020 International Discussion board on Forest Governance – dates introduced

The subsequent International Discussion board on Forest Governance will happen at Chatham Home on 13-14 July 2020.

2019 Spott palm oil assessments launched by ZSL

This 12 months’s SPOTT’s assessments noticed the addition of 30 new palm oil corporations, together with palm oil crushers and refiners, offering a a lot bigger snapshot of the state of transparency within the palm oil sector. In whole, 99 corporations have been assessed in opposition to 181 environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators that present a measure of company transparency.

European Fee deliberate actions to sort out deforestation

On 5 February 2020, the European Fee printed its roadmap on ‘Deforestation and forest degradation – lowering the affect of merchandise positioned on the EU market’, for which suggestions was open till Four March. The roadmap builds on the December 2019 Council conclusions on the Communication on Stepping up EU Motion to Defend and Restore the World’s Forests. Within the Conclusions, the Council welcomes the July Communication from the Fee and states that they’re deeply involved that present insurance policies and motion on the international stage on the conservation, restoration and sustainable administration of forests are inadequate to halt deforestation. With a purpose to scale back the EU’s consumption footprint on land, the Council requests that the Fee expeditiously undertakes the evaluation of extra demand-side regulatory and non-regulatory measures and produces the respective proposals. The Council additionally underlines the necessity for enhanced implementation of the EUTR. A partnership strategy with producer international locations to fight deforestation and forest degradation and to enhance livelihood is really useful, by requesting the Fee to contemplate how the expertise of making ready and implementing Voluntary Partnership Agreements might be relevant to commodities apart from timber, within the context of potential supply-side assist for producing international locations. In addition they suggest proposing, for all new related complete EU commerce agreements, particular provisions on sustainable forest administration and sustainable and deforestation-free agricultural commodities.

Revision of Forest Regulation adopted in China

In December 2019, the revision of the Forest Regulation of Individuals’s Republic of China was adopted by the 15th session of the Standing Committee of the Nationwide Individuals’s Congress (NPC), China’s high legislature. It’s the first revision in over twenty years, and it’ll come into pressure in July 2020. Supposed targets of the forest regulation revision are higher safety of the nation’s forests and facilitation of inexperienced improvement. The revised forest regulation clarifies forest possession, strengthens safety for forest sources and promotes elevated forest cowl. Underneath the brand new regulation, forests are categorised into public profit forests and business forests, and adopts differentiated administration measures. The revised Forest Regulation additionally features a ban on shopping for, transporting, and/or processing illegally sourced timber, and requires any processing corporations to ascertain a knowledge document of uncooked supplies and merchandise (Articles 65, 67, 78).

New penalties for forest crimes in Myanmar

In its publication from Could 2019, the Worldwide Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) reported about amendments to Myanmar’s forest regulation, adopted by the parliament in September 2018. The brand new penalties are relevant to forest officers who settle for bribes or are concerned within the extraction, switch or possession of illegally harvested logs. Penalties of as much as 15 years imprisonment are predicted for probably the most extreme forest crimes. Moreover, the fines for minor offences have been raised considerably.

Human Rights Watch launched a report on deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon

In September 2019, Human Rights Watch printed a report, which hyperlinks unlawful logging operations in Brazil to acts of violence and intimidation in opposition to forest defenders. The report highlights the issue of insufficient measures taken to guard environmental defenders and the state’s failure to analyze and prosecute perpetrators of violence within the Brazilian Amazon. It is suggested that Brazil ought to take “pressing steps to finish impunity for acts of violence associated to unlawful deforestation in Amazon”.

NGOs name for EU motion in opposition to deforestation in Brazil

In April 2019, greater than 20 NGOs signed a report ‘100 days of Bolsonaro: Ending the EU’s function within the assault on the Amazon.’ The report exhibits that the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President of Brazil had a big affect on environmental rights. In keeping with the report, in January 2019 deforestation within the Amazon rose by 54% in comparison with the identical interval in 2018. Furthermore, the report reveals a rise in violence and intimidation in opposition to Brazilian indigenous teams. For these causes, NGOs referred to as on the European Fee to specify how they plan to answer challenges introduced by the Bolsonaro administration.

Administrators of 4 Indonesian timber corporations sentenced to jail

In August 2019, a district court docket in Indonesia sentenced the administrators of 4 Indonesian corporations to 1 12 months every in jail and a high-quality of IDR 500 million (about €32,000). EIA states that the defendants pleaded responsible to transporting merbau (Intsia bijuga) with falsified paperwork in an try to get round nationwide timber legality rules. The Directorate of Forest Safety seized 57 containers of unlawful wooden, of which 21 have been attributed to the accused. Nonetheless in keeping with EIA,the opposite containers with unlawful timber from Papua and West Papua are nonetheless underneath investigation.

4. Publications and sources

Over the previous 12 months, many publications and sources have been launched. Beneath is a collection of sources and publications that intention to tell stakeholders throughout the EU and internationally on progress and key parts associated to the EUTR.

EU

Briefing on FLEGT updates

In January 2020, each LoggingOff and Fern launched their replace briefing that describes progress within the implementation of FLEGT VPA agreements. The authors of the report recognise the assist that the method continues to be receiving from civil society, governments and the non-public sector. The message that comes throughout is that FLEGT gained’t be capable to obtain its objective ought to VPA discussions and negotiations come to a halt. The briefing additionally exhibits hope with the deliberate Inexperienced deal achievements laid down by the European Fee.

Moreover, the EU FLEGT Facility briefing on the implementation of the Forest Regulation Enforcement, Governance and Commerce licensing system in Indonesia, printed final November, not solely supplies an summary of the systematic and operational challenges encountered in FLEGT licensing in Indonesia, but in addition accounts of the efforts made by the federal government to handle these challenges.

WWF Enforcement Evaluation of the EUTR

The newest WWF Enforcement Evaluation of the EUTR (based mostly on surveys WWF carried out with EUTR Competent Authorities of 16 Member States between October 2018 and March 2019) was printed in December 2019. The assessment identifies implementation gaps in addition to good practices, which don’t essentially apply to all 16 Member States, though lots of the gaps and shortcomings seem widespread and widespread. The report supplies suggestions for Member States and the European Fee, together with:

  • That the Fee ought to perform a radical evaluation of penalties and sanctions at nationwide stage and their deterrent impact, and arrange a multi-stakeholder platform to debate findings;
  • Checks at nationwide stage must be carried out based mostly on frequently up to date inspection plans, utilizing the most recent out there data, cowl each home and imported timber merchandise and their danger stage to be unlawful, and set clear targets and timelines for inspection plans;

Capacities at nationwide stage should be strengthened to make sure good protection of operators and permit for normal and frequent checks.

EU-FLEGT sources

In December 2019, the EU-FLEGT Facility issued a briefing on an ‘Evaluation of China’s commerce with the EU and VPA international locations 2007-2017’. The briefing is a abstract of the report ‘China’s Commerce of Wooden Merchandise with EU, EU Member States, and VPA Nations’ compiled as an output of the 2018 assembly of the EU – China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism on Forest Regulation Enforcement and Governance. The supply of the information is China Customs.

Publication: ‘Defending forests, pure ecosystems and human rights: a case for EU motion’

In October 2019, a coalition of EU Environmental NGOs printed a briefing ‘Defending forests, pure ecosystems and human rights: a case for EU motion’. This was a precedence to maintain the political momentum at EU stage. The briefing was meant for use to achieve out to determination makers at EU stage and inside Member States to precise the significance of EU motion to handle deforestation.

NEPCon EUTR seminar in Berlin and upcoming trainings

NEPCon organised a seminar on timber legal guidelines (together with the EUTR and associated due diligence necessities) in Berlin on 29 October 2019. Members learnt about conducting danger evaluations, choosing acceptable danger mitigation measures and evaluating due diligence efficiency. Subsequent deliberate NEPCon coaching seminars referring to forest legal guidelines and chain of custody embody session in Jurmala (March), Tarty (April), Copenhagen (Could), and Berlin (October).

Spanish movies by Ministry of Agriculture on timber identification

In 2019, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Meals in cooperation with the Nationwide Institute of Agricultural and Meals Analysis and Know-how, printed movies on strategies used for wooden sampling and timber identification.

Timberleaks article about EUTR enforcement in France

In July 2019, Timberleaks printed an article about ongoing collaboration between French companies and suspicious exporters. It was alleged that some French importers are sourcing timber from corporations within the Congo Basin or Liberia implicated in unlawful deforestation, bribing governments and environmental abuses. The article additionally highlighted the issue of enforcement of the EUTR in France. Timberleaks signifies that between March 2017 and February 2019 the French EUTR Competent Authority solely checked 53 out of 14,000 operators importing timber.

Wholesome forests = equitable livelihoods, inclusive improvement and a resilient local weather

In June 2019, Fern, EIA, ClientEarth, Forest Peoples Programme and Transparency Worldwide launched a briefing with really useful actions that the EU ought to take as a way to higher shield forests. The 5 environmental NGOs collectively referred to as for the EU to (i) reinvigorate assist for VPAs and EUTR implementation, (ii) uphold human rights in VPAs, (iii) undertake extra regulatory measures to sort out the deforestation disaster and shield rights, (iv) strengthen linkages between FLEGT and the local weather and Sustainable Improvement Objective agendas, and (v) use commerce as a lever to assist human rights and shield forests.

INTERNATIONAL

Rosewood revealed, a brand new software from EIA

EIA launched a web-based software ‘Rosewood Revealed’ displaying the amount and worth of unlawful rosewood imported into China from Ghana each month. For December 2019 (its newest replace), it exhibits that almost eight tons of rosewood, value over US$5 million, was exported to China in breach of Ghanaian regulation prohibiting the harvest, transport and export of the species.

Enforcement of the European commerce of timber in 2018 – Forest Tendencies

In October 2019, Forest Tendencies assessed the most recent United Nations (UN) Comtrade information for 2018, in addition to different sources, to supply a report on the hyperlinks between commerce and enforcement exercise. The research discovered that EU imports of forest merchandise underneath the scope of the EUTR reached a excessive of $175 billion in 2018, up 12% from 2017. Imports of EUTR-regulated forest merchandise from Ukraine declined 33% between July and December 2018, bucking the upward development over the earlier two years, whereas imports from Myanmar elevated by 50% between 2017 and 2018. Indonesian forest-product exports to European markets elevated by 23% in worth since 2013 with a 9% improve since November 2016, when Indonesia began to challenge FLEGT licenses. The research highlighted that EUTR enforcement is evolving, with enforcement officers more and more specializing in issuing monetary penalties and contemplating new applied sciences to verify for fraud and mismanagement in traceability techniques.

5 12 months evaluation report on the New York Declaration on Forests

In September 2019, the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Evaluation Companions, in collaboration with Chatham Home and Local weather Focus, printed a report assessing the progress in attaining the targets of the NYDF. In keeping with the report, it’s more likely to be not possible to realize the 2020 NYDF targets. The authors of the report highlighted that restoration of forests techniques should be accelerated, tropical forests must be successfully protected and that there’s a must undertake wider and extra coordinated efforts to handle the drivers of deforestation.

Use of scientific testing: publication by Forest Tendencies

In June 2019, Forest Tendencies launched a publication on using scientific testing within the enforcement of timber import rules. In keeping with their analysis, 57% of the 21 international locations surveyed are presently utilizing scientific testing in enforcement of timber commerce laws and it’s predicted that this quantity will improve to 95% by 2024. The report additionally exhibits that isotope testing for location authentication is a method that’s quick growing and is extra extensively used than DNA evaluation.

International Witness report on timber imports to China

In April 2019, International Witness launched a briefing about timber imports to China. The doc reveals that 80% of China’s tropical timber imports comes from 10 international locations which can be within the backside quarter of all international locations on measures of governance, as printed by the World Financial institution. The report recommends that China ought to develop a nationwide coverage geared toward mitigating damaging impacts associated to sourcing uncooked supplies, and that every one timber importers in China must be obliged to hold out due diligence.

LoggingOff platform relaunched

The LoggingOff platform was re-launched in 2019. It was initially created as a platform co-managed by a gaggle of NGOs from EU and timber-producing international locations as a spot for civil society to offer updates on the FLEGT course of. Right now, LoggingOff is a well-established house for civil society and smaller networks to share and change their views and experiences of the FLEGT course of and the significance of recognising communities’ land rights. LoggingOff additionally goals to construct connections between civil society from timber producing international locations, and nationwide and EU coverage makers. The positioning hosts a library of sources on FLEGT VPAs, in addition to details about REDD+, neighborhood forestry, unbiased forest monitoring and local weather change.

The Forest Logbook, up to date software from ClientEarth

ClientEarth’s Forest Logbook, a software that compiles present legal guidelines, steering paperwork and enforcement briefings on forestry worldwide, is up to date frequently.


This publication has been funded with UK support from the UK authorities. The knowledge contained on this doc is the only duty of its authors and doesn’t essentially replicate the UK authorities’s official insurance policies.

 

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