2013 has been a year of progress for FERN’s campaigns, sometimes dramatic, sometimes grindingly slow. More than a decade of campaigning for legislation to stop illegal timber entering the EU was finally rewarded this year with the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). Those in the EU who now trade in illegally sourced timber can face criminal charges. Meanwhile the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) the EU is developing with 13 wood producing countries, mean that local communities in those countries can at last have a say in the decisions affecting their lives. These historic legal frameworks – which FERN helped to shape – have led to concrete achievements over the past year in the countries where we work.
Catégorie: Annual Reports