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Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange

Holiday Inn, Canal de la Villette, Paris, France

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.


Previous Meeting Materials and TREE Newsletters



Monday, October 24

Communicating about FLEGT Licences

Tom ter Horst, EFI FLEGT Facility


17th CITES Conference of the Parties: Results for the timber sector

Mario Sterz, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany

Tuesday, October 25

EUTR – Information for Enforcement

Emily Unwin, ClientEarth

BV Rio: Due Diligence and Risk Assessment System

Mauricio Moura Costa, BV Rio

Independent Monitoring & Data Management and Usability

Valerie Vauthier, Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM)

Thoughts on Interactions with CAs

Meriam Wortel, Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority

Malaysia’s Timber Trade Trends

Marigold Norman, Forest Trends

Marigold Norman, Forest Trends

Wednesday, October 26

Vietnam Customs Data

Phuc Xuan To and Kerstin Canby, Forest Trends

Trends in Timber Product Exports and Imports from Vietnam and the Mekong Region

Marigold Norman, Forest Trends

Risks Related to Vietnam’s Imports

Alexandra Banks, NEPCon

Dealing with Fraud in the Forest Sector

Art Blundell, Natural Capital Advisors and Forest Trends

Some Notes on the Mekong Timber Trade (Lao-Vietnam Border)

Keith Barney, Australian National University

Thursday, October 27


DNA Barcode Scanner Project

David Baisch, Conservation X Labs