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Europe and Indonesia against illegal timber trade

Staff writer ▼ | October 1, 2013
The European Union and Indonesia signed a trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU.
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IndonesiaThe European Union and Indonesia signed a trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU.


Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber exporter to the EU.

Once fully implemented, the bilateral agreement – technically a Voluntary Partnership Agreement – will see Indonesian timber and timber products systematically checked under an independently monitored traceability system to ensure they are produced in compliance with relevant Indonesian legislation.

The EU is providing support to establish and improve the control systems that will be used. This will reinforce other measures already in force in the EU, such as the Timber Regulation, which stop it serving as a market for illegally harvested timber.

The agreement was negotiated over six years, with strong involvement of NGOs and businesses as well as government officials. Similar agreements have already been signed between the EU and some African countries.

Voluntary Partnership Agreements represent a key element of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, under which the EU aims to strengthen forest governance and contribute to global efforts to eliminate illegal logging and related trade.

Both Indonesia and the EU will need to ratify the agreement following their respective procedures. For the EU this will mean obtaining the consent of the European Parliament. The two sides will agree a start date for the full operation of the FLEGT legality licensing scheme when they consider that all necessary preparations have been made.


 

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