EU FLEGT: consumer
responsibility and trade
partnerships in the tropical timber
sector – provoking thoughts for
REDD negot...
Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and
Trade
 2003 EU Action Plan – range of policies for ‘tackling illegal logging

and ...
Why is tropical IL an EU problem?
Poverty, biodiversity and habitats, climate change and carbon = consumer concern
FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements

 Sovereign, bilateral, legally-binding trade agreements
 Core product groups +, ...
FLEGT Partner countries
Agreement
concluded
Implementation


 Agreement
 being
 negotiated                                ...
Reducing deforestation by tackling timber
sector illegality – achieving REDD?
 LAS as ‘best practice’ where illegal loggi...
EU responsibilities beyond timber –
enabling sustainable land-use planning?
 Demand-side policy coherence for agri commod...
www.euflegt.efi.int
jade.saunders@efi.int
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EU FLEGT: consumer responsibility and trade partnerships in the tropical timber sector – provoking thoughts for REDD negotiators?

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Presentation by Jade Saunders, EFI FLEGT Facility
Boreal and temperate forest, Forest Day 3
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark

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EU FLEGT: consumer responsibility and trade partnerships in the tropical timber sector – provoking thoughts for REDD negotiators?

  1. 1. EU FLEGT: consumer responsibility and trade partnerships in the tropical timber sector – provoking thoughts for REDD negotiators? Event Forests Day Learning Event, Copenhagen Date 13 December 2009 Author Jade Saunders EFI FLEGT Facility
  2. 2. Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade  2003 EU Action Plan – range of policies for ‘tackling illegal logging and associated trade’  Due Diligence Regulation – responsibility on all EU importers to avoid illegal wood and products (tbc).  Voluntary Partnership Agreements (bilateral trade agreements) – Ghana, Congo B, Cameroon,
  3. 3. Why is tropical IL an EU problem? Poverty, biodiversity and habitats, climate change and carbon = consumer concern
  4. 4. FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements  Sovereign, bilateral, legally-binding trade agreements  Core product groups +, EU export +  Legality Assurance system: • Stakeholder-endorsed, clear legality /compliance standard • Chain of custody from forest to point of export • Export licensing authority • Third party/independent system audit • Joint oversight mechanism (EU and partner country)
  5. 5. FLEGT Partner countries Agreement concluded Implementation Agreement being negotiated Malaysia Liberia Indonesia Ghana Cameroon Congo C.A.R. EU-China coordination mechanism on FLEG Information Pre-negotiation FLEGT licences
  6. 6. Reducing deforestation by tackling timber sector illegality – achieving REDD?  LAS as ‘best practice’ where illegal logging is an driver of deforestation/degradation (Sovereign government response – increase risk to IL, enable investor confidence in ‘nested’ REDD projects?).  Import limitations on illegal wood as supporting measure for REDD? (International trade partner response – reduce incentive for IL, reduce opportunity cost of REDD?).
  7. 7. EU responsibilities beyond timber – enabling sustainable land-use planning?  Demand-side policy coherence for agri commodities (palm oil etc?) • Consistent safeguard considerations? • Consistent approach to legality of imports? • Coherent pricing structure?  Carbon Voluntary Partnership Agreements (US legislation opens space for bilateral agreements). Potential to agreeing appropriate national standards for offsetting.
  8. 8. www.euflegt.efi.int jade.saunders@efi.int

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