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Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange: Chinese Supply Chains, Risk, and Legal Compliance

Barcelona, Spain

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. The sessions were focused on China, and covered trade data analysis of Chinese imports from high-risk regions and Chinese exports to the EU and US, and included discussions of the tracking of raw materials through Chinese supply chains and appropriate due diligence in this context.

Resources – Day 1

Session 1: EU Process Update

EU FLEGT Action Plan Evaluation

James Hewitt, FLEGT Action Plan Evaluation Team

Session 2: Chinese Trade Data Overview and Traceability in Chinese Processing

Session 3: Plywood and Engineered Flooring Sectors

EUTR Chinese Plywood Project

Michael Worrell, National Measurement Office, UK

Global Timber Forum

Rachel Butler, Global Timber Forum

Session 4: Furniture Sector

Experience from Implementation of EUTR

Christian Sloth, NEPCon

IKEA’s Approach to Sourcing

Anders Hildeman, IKEA

Resources – Day 2

Session 5: Chinese Domestic Production

China’s Domestic Timber Supply

Kerstin Canby (for Xiufang Sun), Forest Trends

Session 6: Material Source Risks from Russia

Session 7: Material Source Risks from Africa & the Mekong

Vietnam and General Mekong-China Trade

Kerstin Canby, Forest Trends

Dynamics of Timber Trade in the Mekong

Phuc Xuan To, Forest Trends

Session 8: Forensic Update

International Activities on Timber Analysis: Update on GTTN and ITTO Projects, and DNA Testing of Oak and Implications for Compliance/Enforcement/Due Diligence

Shelley Gardner, USDA Forest Service, International Programs, and Thorsten Hinrichs, German Ministry of Food and Agriculture

A Prosecution Perspective: Transshipment and Forensics

Patrick Duggan, US Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section

Resources – Day 3

Session 9: Intelligence Sharing for Enforcement

Intelligence Sharing for Enforcement

Emily Unwin, ClientEarth

Next Steps: Communications and Principles

Jade Saunders, Forest Trends