The Forest Legality Alliance convened its members and partners on July 6 and 7 in the new Harmon Conference Center at World Resources Institute headquarters in Washington, D.C. With the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) scheduled for the end of September, most of the meeting was focused on the growing profile of timber species in the CITES convention. The July meeting was the last FLA gathering to be convened under WRI’s Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which ends on September 30, 2016. Thus, a session of the meeting was devoted to reflections from FLA founders USAID, WRI and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) on the accomplishments of FLA over the past seven years, changes in the challenges posed by illegal logging and associated trade over that period, and the priorities going forward. The meeting attracted 92 participants hailing from 13 countries.
A summary of the meeting can be found below.