Africa

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Emily Kaldjian

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

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Chip BarberCrystal DavisSean DeWittNigel Sizer

More than 1,700 leaders from governments, civil society, business and academia will gather next week in Durban, South Africa for the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC). Hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) just once every six years, the Congress is considered the most prominent gathering for discussions about challenges and opportunities facing the world’s forests.

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Bernd Degen
Affiliation: 
Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics
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Henri Bouda
Affiliation: 
Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics

An ITTO project has helped develop DNA fingerprinting and other tools for verifying claims about timber species and geographic origin in tropical Africa.

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