This joint letter on behalf of 15 organisations highlights serious weaknesses in Japan’s new law intended to stop the trade in illegal timber. It outlines the measures that the Japanese government should take to ensure their legislation has a positive impact on the illegal timber trade. It is also available in Japanese.
China’s rapid economic growth has spurred a massive demand for natural resources – including timber, agricultural commodities and minerals – the vast bulk of which are imported. Although it is estimated that the proportion of China’s imports of illegally sourced timber has fallen, the total volume of illegally sourced timber nearly doubled from 17 million in 2005 to 33 million m3 in 2013. A substantial part of these imports is exported to Europe.
As the European Commission closes its public consultation on the future of the EU’s bioenergy policy, the steps necessary to end its current disastrous impacts are highlighted in our consultation response.
- FLEGT review should revitalise the fight against illegal logging
- Indonesia on course to issue world’s first FLEGT licences
- Climate legislation ambition hinges on correct approach to LULUCF
- Commission assures Southern CSOs of support for FLEGT VPAs
- Hope in sight for CAR’s forests – and the VPA process
- Indonesian activists urge EU to respect rights in palm oil trade
- Rapporteur highlights judicial harassment in Cameroon
- Vietnam–EU VPA to include all timber markets
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