forest law enforcement, governance and trade

forest law enforcement, governance and trade

Wood export pact between Vietnam and EU in final stage

Negotiations between Vietnam and the European Union to expand the export of wood and wood products to Europe are expected to be complete by the end of the year. This information was released by Ambassador Bruno Angelet, head of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam at a meeting of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNAF). The purpose of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA/FLEGT) is to expand Việt Nam’s wood and wood product export market to the EU through a mechanism called the Timber Legality Assurance System of Việt Nam (VNTLAS), which grants certifications for wood shipments to the EU. Read more

Teak exports from Myanmar in breach of EUTR

Following an investigation from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) into the placement of Burmese teak from Myanmar onto the European Union (EU) market, EIA has submitted legal complaints to authorities in five countries regarding violations of the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) by nine companies. Read more

Timber legality hurts Indonesian furniture sector

The Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Association, has asked the government to scrap the timber legality verification system, which has been increasing production costs and undermining competitiveness in the global market since implementation in January. Its chairman Soenoto said on Wednesday that the verification process, which involves an inter-agency tracking system, has added to costs for businesses. Furniture businesses must pay up to Rp 100 million ($7,700) to acquire the certification. Several furniture producers in East Java closed down factories last month as Vietnamese producers, which can sell furniture at cheaper prices, took over orders from Europe and the United States.

Dead end for Malaysia - EU VPA ?

The first Malaysia - EU negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) started back in 2006, but so far not much progress has been made. In order to ensure a legality assurance system for it's timber, Malaysia introduced it's own TLAS in 2013. However, MYTLAS has several drawbacks, especially when the timber involved is not from sustainable resources. Read more

European Court of Auditors criticize the FLEGT action plan:

In the same week Malaysia counted a record number of illegal logging hotspots and Indonesia announced it will relax the certification requirements for downstream timber products, the European Court of Auditors published a destructive report in which it criticizes the EU action plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). When the action plan was launched by the Commission in 2003 it was a welcome initiative. However, twelve years later the results overall are meagre, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditor. Read more

EU and Vietnam expect to sign FLEGT-VPA by end 2016

The EU and Vietnam reached important agreements during their fifth round of negotiations on the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan, the talks on January 21 and 22 focused on putting in place a management system to ensure the legality of Vietnamese timber, especially the legal origin of imported wood. Read more

Is indonesia jeopardizing it’s FLEGT license?

Indonesia is risking its FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) - license and missing the opportunity to become the first country in the world to achieve full implementation of its timber legality system as the Indonesian Trade Ministry insists on relaxing certification for timber products. Earlier Indonesia had agreed to fully implement its its timber legality system (SVLK) by the end of 2015, a deadline laid down by the EU for the country to meet if it wanted free access for its timber products into the EU market. Read more

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