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Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange

Event Overview

Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange

April 05, 2016 - April 08, 2016

Prague, Czech Republic
Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre

Since 2012, Forest Trends and Chatham House have been working with officials from EU Member States and US Lacey enforcement agencies, to further understanding of complex high-risk supply chains for wood products and support coordinated implementation of the EU Timber Regulation and US Lacey Act. These two workstreams have merged into a process called the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE), an ongoing series of networking and information-sharing meetings, which bring the growing group of officials together every six months.

The TREE process aims to support robust and consistent enforcement of demand-side timber regulations by providing a forum for officials to gain detailed insight into high- and low-risk timber flows entering their countries, discuss practical enforcement issues with each other and relevant experts from the forest sector and other relevant product/environmental sectors, establish emergent norms for Due Diligence/care in relation to different forest products, and build relationships with producer country governments, industry representatives, and other stakeholders involved in combating illegal logging and promoting global markets for legal timber. 

This meeting included sessions on the risks and compliance options for sourcing of forest products along the EU's Eastern borders, as well as Cameroon, Myanmar, and Peru, and also included updates on legislative developments in Indonesia, Korea, and Taiwan.

Previous TREE Meetings:


Tuesday, April 5 (morning): Introductions and Updates

Introduction to EU Timber Regulation

Natalie Benesova, Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic

Lacey Act Program

Parul Patel, US Dept. of Agriculture, APHIS

Illegal Logging Prohibition Act

Teresa McMaugh, Dept. of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia

Tuesday, April 5 (afternoon): Asian Legislative Developments and Myanmar Risks and Due Diligence Systems

Legislative Developments in Indonesia

Sigit Pramono, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Legislative Developments in Korea

Hong Gi, Korea Forest Service

Myanmar Overview

Kerstin Canby, Forest Trends

GTF Update and IWPA's Perspective on Myanmar

Rachel Butler and Cindy Squires, Global Timber Forum (GTF) and International Wood Products Association (IWPA)

Wednesday, April 6: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Serbia: Forest Control Structure and Production for Export

Dusan Jovic, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Serbia

Illegality Risk in Sourcing from Russia and Ukraine

Brian Milakovsky, WWF International

EUTR in the Czech Republic: Lessons Learned

Jan Doubal, Forest Management Institute

Due Diligence Lessons: Our Experience with PEFC Certification and EUTR

Klara Popovova, Herrmann & Vogel s.r.o.

U.S. v. Lumber Liquidators, Inc.

Patrick Duggan, US DOJ, Environmental Crimes Section

EUTR and Corruption

Lorenzo Segato, RiSSC/TREES Project

Thursday, April 7: Cameroon

Trade Data Overview: Cameroon

Eve Richer, Forest Trends

Cameroon: Due Diligence in Practice

Alexandra Banks, NEPCon

EUTR Enforcement in relation to Cameroon Wood Imports

Filip Verbelen, Greenpeace

Community-driven Forest Monitoring Platforms: An Emerging Resource, A Need for Feedback

Andrea Johnson, Independent Consultant

Lathams Due Diligence: Cameroon

Ewa Bazydlo, Lathams, UK

Friday, April 8: Peru

Peru: Preliminary Risk Findings

Alexandra Banks, NEPCon

U.S. Forest Service Cooperation with Peru

Shelley Gardner, US Forest Service

GLAD Alerts and Risk Assessment: Global Forest Watch Tools for Timber Monitoring

Mikaela Weisse, World Resources Institute

Certification and Responsible Exports

Juliane Lemcke, Import Promotion Desk Germany

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