Lacey & EU Timber Regulation Enforcement Workshop: Substantiated Concerns, Producer Country Cooperation, and Cameroon Supply Chains
This three-day event brought together enforcement officials involved with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and US Lacey Act as part of an ongoing series of workshops encouraging collaboration and effective implementation of forest product legal trade legislation.
Days 1 & 2
The workshop on October 28-29th was co-organized by Chatham House and Forest Trends and focused on standards for NGOs wishing to submit “substantiated concerns” in the Lacey/EUTR context, and best practices in cooperation with enforcement agents in forest producer countries.
The October 30th meeting was organized by Forest Trends and focused on Cameroon origin wood products. Experts were invited to present on Cameroonian timber supply chains that enter the EU and US directly and indirectly, the domestic legal context and appropriate documentation of legal compliance, risk analysis, and credible risk mitigation in the national context.
Meeting Summary: Tuesday, October 28 and Wednesday, October 29
Resources – Days 1 & 2 (October 28-29)
Session 2 – Substantiated Concerns and Lacey Evidence Gathering
Substantiated Concerns: Elements for a Common Understanding
Emily Unwin, ClientEarth
Enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation: Evidence Gathering and Assessing Compliance with National Laws
Alexandra Pardal, Global Witness
Evidence Gathering and Source Protection
Louise Truslove, Environmental Investigation Agency
Substantiated Concerns: How Can Competent Authorities Use Them?
Thorsten Hinrichs, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
Session 4 – Enforcement Cooperation: Best Practice and Options
FLEGT Licensing & Institutional Arrangements for Enforcement Cooperation
Henry G. Coleman, Timber Industry Development Department (TIDD), Ghana
Session 5 – Independent Monitoring: Cooperation Options and Data Sources
Tools for the Implementation of Forest Governance (TIFG)
Stuart Wilson, Resource Extraction Monitoring
Forest Transparency Initiative: Incentivizing Legal and Sustainable Timber through Better Information
Patrice Crochet, World Resources Institute
Role of ITTO FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring
Rupert Oliver, ITTO
Session 6 – Brazil: Para State Case Study
The Amazon’s Silent Crisis: Illegal Timber for Export – With Official Documentation
Daniela Montalto, Greenpeace
Roberto S. Waack, AMATA Brazil
Resources – Day 3 (October 30)
Timber Production, Trade, and Flows in Cameroon: Where to Look For?
Paolo Cerutti, CIFOR
Timber Legality Demand Side Measures and Cameroon Origin Timber Products
Martin Mbongo, FLEGT Focal Point, Cameroon
National Forest Legislation and Illegality Risks
Horline Njike, Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG), Cameroon
Mitigating Risk Importing Tropical Wood
Ralph Ridder, Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT)
Strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Cameroon for the Implementation of the LAS and EUTR Requirements
Leticia Calvo Vialettes, NEPCon