The eleventh newsletter of the Forest Legality Alliance (April 2013) profiles case studies published by the Forest Legality Alliance on Honduran mahogany and IKEA's risk management approach in China. It also discusses the anti-deforestation pledges of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). An additional article suggests some lessons from the Economist World Forests Summit in Stockholm.
The tenth newsletter of the Forest Legality Alliance (January 2013) recaps the Dec. 2012 meeting of the Forest Legality Alliance. It also profiles the third edition of the Guide to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products, a major WRI publication aimed at assisting purchasing managers. An additional article discusses Disney Corp.'s new paper purchasing policy, and a guest piece from Roberto Waack (Amata) describes multistakeholder initiatives to counter illegal and informal activities in the Brazilian natural forestry sector.
The ninth newsletter of the Forest Legality Alliance (October 2012) discusses the implications of the settlement reached by Gibson Guitar and the Justice Department that resolved two outstanding Lacey Act cases, among the first under the new timber provisions of the Act. Another piece, summarizing a major outreach event in Mexico City in August 2012, offers an overview of legality issues in Latin America. The newsletter also gives an update on the RELIEF Act and the passage of the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill of 2012.
The eighth newsletter of the Forest Legality Alliance (July 2012) covers the May 2012 meeting of the Forest Legality Alliance. New FLA tools to help bring information to supply chains, including a Lacey Act declaration tool, a risk information tool, and a sustainable procurement guide, are profiled. Guest articles from Marius F.M. Ekue (Bioversity International) and Wim Ellenbroek (The Borneo Initiative) discuss the Global Timber Tracking Network to use technology to fight illegal logging and the market for Indonesian FSC certified wood products, respectively.
The seventh newsletter of the Forest Legality Alliance (April 2012) covers new reports on legality issues in Peru, efforts to comply with the UK government's timber procurement policy in advance of the London Olympics, the World Bank's views on law enforcement to address forest crime, and Vietnam's efforts to meet export market legality requirements. The edition also covers a controversy in Belgium over the EU Timber Regulation; proposed changes to the Lacey Act in the U.S. Congress; and the third tabling of the Australian illegal logging prohibition bill.