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  • Russia plans timber tracking to control illegal logging

    By 2011 there will be a unified information system in operation in Russia for controlling timber circulation that may help the government combat illegal logging, according to a report in 'Russian Forestry Review' magazine. The new system was announced by Valery Roshchupkin, head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resource's Federal Agency for Forestry, or Rosleskhoz, at a meeting of the ...

  • EU and Indonesia sign historic deal to curb illegal timber

    Today the European Union and Indonesia signed a historic trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU. Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber exporter to the EU. European Environment Commissioner Janez ...

  • African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

    Governments from Africa's main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, FAO said today following an international wood industry meeting in Brazzaville. Covering an area of 300 million hectares, the Congo Basin harbours the world's second largest tropical forest. It is ...

  • New rules on illegal timber come into force across EU

    New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU. The legislation will strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging which causes serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss and undermines the efforts of those trying to manage forests responsibly. The Regulation, which was first proposed by the Commission in 2008, was adopted by the EU ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Illegal Trade in Wildlife and Timber Products Finances Criminal and Militia Groups, Threatening Security and Sustainable Development

    Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. The Environmental Crime Crisis, a rapid response assessment, was released during the first ...

  • New timber regulation comes into force

    On 3 March, new legislation comes into effect to counter the trade in illegal timber. The new EU Timber regulation will affect everyone in the wood trade. It prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the European market in an effort to tackle the problem of illegal logging across the world. Illegal logging has severe economic, environmental and social impacts: it is associated with ...

  • Government responds to report on illegal logging

    The Rudd Government has taken another step towards implementing its election promise to combat illegal logging. The Centre for International Economics (the CIE) today released its final report to inform the government's Regulation Impact Statement for the proposed new policy on illegally-logged timber. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the Rudd Government is ...


    By Australian Government

  • Commission unveils package to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

    The European Commission today unveiled two important initiatives to protect forests globally. The package comprises a legislative proposal to reduce the risk of illegal timber and timber products entering the EU market and a Communication setting out the Commission's proposals for tackling tropical deforestation. Illegal logging and deforestation have serious environmental implications, ...


    By European Commission

  • Wood from illegal harvesting in EU markets estimated

    Illegal timber imports into the EU were between 8 and 18 million m³ in 2009, representing 6-13% of total imports, new research suggests. Although figures for illegal logging are associated with high uncertainties, the authors claim that these figures provide the best available estimates for policy and decision makers. Illegal logging is a worldwide problem, which exacerbates climate change ...

  • Top Peruvian foe of illegal logging brutally slain

    An outspoken Peruvian opponent of illegal logging and three other native Ashaninka community leaders were brutally slain in a remote region bordering Brazil, tribal authorities said Monday. The activist, Edwin Chota, had received frequent death threats from illegal loggers, who he had tried for years to expel from the lands for which his community ...


    By Associated Press

  • Saving the world`s forests: a technology revolution to curb illegal logging

    Our future is inextricably linked to forests. The social and economic benefits they provide are essential to realising a sustainable century. A key litmus test of our commitment to this future is our response to a growing, global threat: illegal logging and the criminal timber trade. Forests are vital source of biodiversity and livelihoods. More than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their ...

  • New Online Tool Supports Fight Against Illegal Logging

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced the launch of the Forest Legality Risk Information Tool, an open-access global information website designed to assist purchasers of forest products in securing fiber from legal sources. The risk tool, a project of the Forest Legality Alliance, was partly funded by the Sustainable Forestry ...

  • Environmental & industry groups commend new US ban on illegal wood imports

    The United States has taken the critical step of passing legislation banning the import, sale or trade of illegally-harvested wood and forest products. The new US benchmark measure will be key in addressing this far-reaching problem. The US Congress amended the US Lacey Act, a long-standing wildlife trafficking statute, to include trade in products made from illegally harvested wood. ...

  • INTERPOL member countries continue fight against illegal logging in Latin America

    Nearly USD 40 million worth of timber has been seized in follow up investigations as part of INTERPOL's Operation Lead targeting illegal logging, forestcrimes and the criminal networks behind them. Building upon the initial outcomes of the operation, Costa Rica and Venezuela in particular haveincreased their efforts in the fight against illegallogging, confiscating 292,000 m3 of wood and wood ...

  • Ahlstrom´s Due Diligence System for EU Timber Regulation now verified by SGS

    Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE May 3, 2013 at 9.30  Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that the company's Due Diligence System for EU Timber Regulation is verified by a third party. The EU Timber Regulation (995/2010) entered into force on March 3, 2013 and requires operators to have a Due Diligence System to prevent them to place ...


    By Ahlstrom Corporation

  • CITES conference takes decisive action to halt decline of tropical timber, sharks, manta rays and a wide range of other plants and animals

    Rapidly rising demand for these precious tropical hardwoods has led to serious concerns that unregulated logging is depleting populations of already rare species. The triennial World's Wildlife Conference closed today with robust measures adopted to protect precious timber and marine species from overexploitation. 170 governments have turned to CITES to ensure the legal, sustainable and traceable ...

  • WWF criticizes EC deforestation plans

    European Commission plans to halve rather than halt tropical deforestation by 2020 have been sharply criticized by WWF today. The European Commission's communication on reducing emissions from deforestation and a legislative proposal to tackle the problem of illegal logging are unlikely to meet their intended objectives of halting deforestation and eliminating the trade of illegal wood, according ...


    By WWF UK

  • Managing logging for biodiversity

    Forest management should safeguard biodiversity as well as focusing on harvesting timber, a new report from South East Asia argues. Despite many initiatives such as codes of practice, criteria and indicators and certification schemes, guidelines and standards remain vague and lack quantitative targets. Illegal logging, poor management and deforestation continue to cause severe environmental ...

  • The Drive Towards Forest Certification in New Zealand

    “International customers are increasingly demanding wood to be sourced sustainably,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC, during a recent interview with Radio New Zealand’s Morning Rural News. “Not only are a growing number of countries demanding verification that timber has been sourced legally, but international companies are also playing ...


    By PEFC International

  • Written Ministerial Statement Publication of UK Government plans to tackle global deforestation

    Ahead of the important international negotiations in Doha, I wanted to update you on the plans I have been developing with Rt Hon Justine Greening and Rt Hon Owen Paterson on international forests and climate change. So, today, I am outlining new action to tackle deforestation as part of the UK’s international climate change commitments. I am setting out plans for working with the private ...

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