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.
Natalie Benesova, Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic
Parul Patel, US Dept. of Agriculture, APHIS
Teresa McMaugh, Dept. of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia
Sigit Pramono, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
Hong Gi, Korea Forest Service
Kerstin Canby, Forest Trends
Rachel Butler and Cindy Squires, Global Timber Forum (GTF) and International Wood Products Association (IWPA)
Dusan Jovic, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Serbia
Brian Milakovsky, WWF International
Jan Doubal, Forest Management Institute
Klara Popovova, Herrmann & Vogel s.r.o.
Patrick Duggan, US DOJ, Environmental Crimes Section
Lorenzo Segato, RiSSC/TREES Project
Eve Richer, Forest Trends
Alexandra Banks, NEPCon
Filip Verbelen, Greenpeace
Andrea Johnson, Independent Consultant
Ewa Bazydlo, Lathams, UK
Alexandra Banks, NEPCon
Shelley Gardner, US Forest Service
Mikaela Weisse, World Resources Institute
Juliane Lemcke, Import Promotion Desk Germany