Ireland still failing to halt illegal timber trade
More than a year after the entry into force of the EU's law governing timber trade, a survey by WWF confirms that many EU countries are still failing to halt the entry of illegal wood products into the EU markets.
9th August 2014
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Saturday 9 August 2014
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More than a year after the entry into force of the EU’s law governing timber trade, a survey by WWF confirms that many EU countries are still failing to halt the entry of illegal wood products into the EU markets.
Main Conclusion: In 2014, the main overall conclusion is that 15 EU member states (including Ireland and represented in red on the graph) out of the 28 are failing to do enough to tackle the trade in illegal and unsustainable timber and wood products in the EU.
Illegal logging has devastating environmental, social and economic impacts on some of the most pristine forests in the world and the people who rely on them; this illegality also affects European businesses and consumers who comply with the rules.
It accounts for 30% of the global timber trade and contributes to more than 50% of tropical deforestation in Central Africa, the Amazon and South East Asia.
Government Barometer 2014
EU Government Barometer on Illegal logging and Trade - 2014 The EU Government Barometer is a WWF assessment of EU member states' efforts to tackle illegal logging. This 2014 survey is their sixth edition of the barometer, and it assesses each country's progress on the following issues:
- EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) – the legal framework put in place to implement the EUTR
- Actions taken and resources used to enforce the EUTR
- Cooperation among government departments, and with other EU member states, in implementing laws to stop illegal trade of timber products (mainly the EUTR & FLEGT)
- Implementation of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation, which encourages import of licensed timber from countries that have negotiated a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) with the EU
- Governments’ contributions to voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs)
- Awareness of the VPA process’s progress, and how they used this information
- Green public procurement – what policies have been adopted, and how strong are they?
- Proof of effectiveness/compliance with national policies on public procurement.
The 2014 barometer was carried out in all 28 EU member states - along with Switzerland - who decided to take part in the survey too. The maximum overall score that could be achieved by any country is 16.
Just Forests coordinated the assessment in Ireland on behalf of WWK-UK and the results can be viewed here...