Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange, London
Forest Trends has been working with officials from the EU Member States, Australia and the United States (US) Lacey enforcement agencies over the last seven years to further understanding of complex high-risk supply chains for wood products and to support coordinated implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (ILPA), and the US Lacey Act. This process, known as the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE), is an ongoing series of networking and information-sharing meetings which bring the growing group of officials together.
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. At these meetings, participants discuss practical enforcement issues, 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.