The UK and Indonesia have signed an agreement committing the former to continued recognition of FLEGT licences after Brexit. The UK Department for Environment (Defra) confirmed the arrangement on its twitter page on March 29.
The PEFC officially endorsed the Indian Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest on 23 February. No forests have yet been certified under the standard, but Vijai Sharma, Chairman of The Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), maintained that sanction from the PEFC would now lead to ‘Indian forest managers further strengthening their sustainable forest management practices, in line with global standards and multilateral requirements’.
The Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) and ATIBT’s Fair & Precious (F&P) branding campaign are to collaborate in communications and marketing. Both initiatives promote verified sustainable tropical timber in Europe and highlight the role demand for it plays in incentivising the uptake of sustainable forest management in tropical supplier countries and in preserving tropical forest.
The Guyana Environmental Protection Agency has run further capacity building workshops for community forest operators on legality compliance under its EU FLEGT programme. The latest events focused on the country’s ‘environmental authorisation process’ under its Environmental Protection Act. It attracted 86 operators taking the total number of participants at the EPA’s latest workshop series to 246.
ClientEarth has created an online portal providing links to sources of information on national forestry law worldwide.The environmental law charity says that the Forest Logbook hub is targeted at ‘forest defenders’ and managers, including lawyers, communities NGOs, importers, logging operators and regulators.
IMM telah merilis laporan tentang “Mitra FLEGT VPA dalam Perdagangan Kayu Uni-Eropa (UE) 2017” yang menggunakan data terbaru untuk menilai perubahan posisi pasar negara-negara mitra VPA dalam perdagangan kayu internasional. Sejak Indonesia pertama kali menerbitkan lisensi pada November 2016, inilah laporan IMM perdana yang mencakup periode ketersediaan kayu berlisensi FLEGT di pasar UE. Ini juga merupakan Laporan Tahunan IMM pertama dimana IMM memiliki akses atasdata survei komprehensif dari seluruh koresponden di tujuh negara UE yang mencakup sebagian besar (lebih dari 90%) impor kayu tropis dan hasil hutan kayu oleh berbagai negara mitra VPA dari UE.
Since the early 1990s, private sector actors have been taking steps to ensure that they exclude unsustainable and illegal wood from their supply chains. Private sector procurement policies are now prominent in the global North and among companies with global reach. With time, these purchasing practices are becoming more widely integrated in corporate business practices and contained within a larger sustainability and/or corporate responsibility policy often covering several other aspects.
SMEs and micro-businesses are notoriously difficult to reach or influence at scale in any industry. Recent research in the timber industry however revealed that even a limited number of industry associations have the potential to reach thousands of micro-businesses. It showed that twenty-five associations in eight African countries represent over 13,000 companies, with 80% defined as micro-sized. A typical micro-business may cover a wide range of activities from small logging companies to skilled production companies, such as joinery and furniture. Many of these usually serve the local market and as such are not exposed to international market drivers.
At its January think tank International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT) members decided on four activity ‘axes’ and discussed proposed actions and objectives under each to grow the international market for tropical timber. However, the organisation has said that it has decided for the time being that its Fair & Precious tropical timber branding campaign will only commend certification as a tropical timber procurement criteria, and not FLEGT licensing.
Charts 1 to 6 below provide a statistical summary of EU tropical timber imports between January 2015 and November 2018 according to the status of FLEGT VPAs between tropical partner countries and the EU at the end of that period.
After a dip in 2017, EU imports of tropical wood products recovered ground in 2018. Most of the gains in 2018 were in imports from countries not engaged in the VPA process, including Nigeria, Brazil, India and China.
The EU imported 422,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wood products from Indonesia in the year ending November 2018 compared to 414,000 MT in the year ending November 2017. In value terms, EU imports from Indonesia increased from €786 million to €794 million in the same period. As the € strengthened against the US currency during this period, the increase in dollar value was even more significant, from US$864 million to US$934 million.
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