The “International Workshop on Promoting Legal and Sustainable China-Russia Timber Trade” was held from February 20 – 21, 2014 in Suifenhe, China. The event was co-organized by the Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information (RIFPI) of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), the Center for International Forest Products Trade of the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA), Forest Trends, and the EU FLEGT Facility of the European Forest Institute (EFI).
The purpose of the conference was to hold a dialogue between Russia, China, and other stakeholders to promote the legality and sustainability of the Russia-China timber trade, with a specific focus on timber harvested in the Russia Far East. Russia ranked as the top log supplier to China in 2012 and China’s second largest supplier of sawnwood after Canada. With so much trade at stake between these two neighboring countries, both sides are keen to work together on cross-border timber trade issues. Many topics related to timber trade and investment were discussed, and special attention was given to the new Russian Roundwood Act and its implications for Chinese companies that import, process, or export Russian timber.
Zhang Yanhong, Deputy Director, Department of Development Planning and Assets Management SFA
Alekseenko Aleksandr, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science, Far East Forestry Research Institute
Chen Shaozhi, Director, RIFPI CAF, and Standing Deputy Director, CINFT SFA
Xiufang Sun, Forest Trends
Brian Milakovsky, WWF Russia, Amur Branch
EU FLEGT Facility
Christian Sloth, Legality Programme Manager, NEPCon
Kate Horner, Director of Forest Campaigns, Environmental Investigation Agency (U.S.)
Andrew M. Mitchell
J. Hermanson and A. Wiedenhoeft, U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory
S. Gardner, U.S. Forest Service International Programs
Jin Hongman, Suifenhe Customs Office
Zhang Liyan, China Forest Industry Association