Timber consumer countries should join forces and coordinate legislative measures to eliminate illegally sourced timber from their markets
Wil de Jong, Mari Momii and Daisuke Naito
The 14th semi-annual membership meeting of the Forest Legality Alliance took place in December 2015. It was attended by 104 people from 78 different companies, NGOs, and government bodies and lively discussion was held on three main topics: timber legality in the Congo Basin, updates on the Lacey Act in the guitar industry, and the recent Lumber Liquidators Lacey Act case. Short summaries are below.
Panel 1: Timber Legality in the Congo Basin: Independent Monitors (IM) and the Impact of the EUTR and FLEGT VPA Negotiations
The United States’ largest hardwood flooring retailer was sentenced on February 1, 2016 after pleading guilty in October to importing illegally harvested timber from areas including forests in the Russian Far East. Lumber Liquidators will pay $7.8 million in criminal fines, $1.23 million in community service payments and will forfeit nearly $1 million in assets for importing illegally sourced hardwood flooring.
Widespread illegal logging is threatening the long-term survival of the endangered Amur (Siberian) tiger. Photo: Mathias Appel/Flickr.
本指南为出版物《 木材及纸制品的可持续性采购： 指南和资源包摘录、 该出版物对于在购买木材及纸制品时要考虑的10大关键问题和相关资源进行了概述。本指南寿为特别有兴趣了解“ 可持续性采购的合法性要求' 方面的用户而氯要查看《 木材和纸制品的可持续采购指南》 、 请访问 www.SustainableForestProducts.org.
WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network and TRAFFIC have developed The Common Framework for Assessing Legality of Forestry Operations, Timber Processing and Trade - also known as the Common Legality Framework.