Campaign success! A new EU law on illegal timber
The law has now cleared the final hurdle with a vote by the EU Council on 11 October 2010 which is great news! Just Forests welcomes this recent announcement by the EU. We expect the new law to come into force in early 2013. Thanks to all our supporters who helped us lobby for this law which is a really important step forward in the fight against illegal logging.
16th October 2010
Illegal logging undermines legitimate business by undercutting timber companies that act responsibly. It also diverts income away from sustainable development, and it causes social conflicts and financial losses for forest-rich developing countries, costing them 10-15 billion Euros a year. Illegal logging is often linked to organised crime, money-laundering and civil wars.
"This is great news as we approach 2011 the UN-designated International Year of Forests", according to Deirdre Fox, chairperson of Just Forests.
As purchasers of wood and paper products for either private or business purposes, companies and consumers play an important role in combating illegal logging. Just Forests advises business and private consumers to only buy wood and paper products that are certified in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and which bear the FSC label.
Just Forests supports the FSC as the only current international certification system whose stipulations guarantee a compatible with nature, socially responsible and economically sustainable use of wood and paper products. The FSC standards are valid worldwide and are adapted to local circumstances.
The entire trading chain up to the final user is tested annually by authorised certifying inspectors, who check from the forest via all of the production stages up to the finished product.
Irish-based timber businesses can start to prepare themselves for the change that will be necessary to comply with the new law. For that purpose we include a link here to a document for your consideration.
|Are You Ready -New EU Timber Regulation.pdf (118.52 KB)|