• FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring moves forward

    ITTO has relaunched the FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) programme effective 1 April 2017. New Lead Consultant Sarah Storck and IMM Market and Technical Analyst Rupert Oliver are finalizing the IMM 2015/2016 Annual Reports and reactivating and expanding the international network of IMM correspondents. An IMM website and quarterly newsletters are also under development.

  • NEPCon releases new LegalSource standard

    NEPCon released a new version of its LegalSource standard last week. The LegalSource standard is a set of requirements for creating a due diligence system to manage the risks of harvesting or sourcing timber.

  • GTF TradeDialogues: FLEGT – unlike due diligence – creates a level playing field

    Alexander de Groot and Koen de Witte, CEOs of Fepco and Altripan, have been among the first European importers to receive FLEGT licensed wood from Indonesia. In an interview with GTF they talk about the importance of FLEGT for the European trade and their hopes for the future. They also call upon European governments to support FLEGT.

  • Indonesia starts issuing FLEGT licenses

    Today Indonesia begins issuing FLEGT licences that attest to the legality of the timber products it exports to the EU. The FLEGT licensing scheme is the first of its kind in the world, and is the result of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Indonesia and the EU.

  • ETTF dedicates newsletter to Indonesian FLEGT licenses

    The ETTF has produced a special edition of the ETTF Newsletter to mark the announcement that Indonesia will issue the first ever FLEGT licenses in November. It contains background information on the Indonesian V-Legal legality assurance system, Indonesian-EU trade in wood and wood-based products and the implementation of the Indonesian VPA. Moreover, EC Environmental Commissioner Karmenu […]

  • UK-EU status for the Global Timber Trade

    The result of the UK’s referendum on its membership of the European Union inevitably raises many questions for those trading with the UK in the global timber industry. GTF’s role is to provide information and if needs a forum to discuss what this means for our industry. Just to reassure our supporters that GTF funding […]

  • New training turns EUTR due diligence to timber trade advantage

    Meeting the due diligence market legality requirements of the EU Timber regulation (EUTR) has been a challenge for timber traders EU-wide. For many, notably small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it still is. But there’s help at hand in a new EU-funded SME training project.

  • Schweighofer rejects all accusations regarding use of illegal timber

    The Austrian company Schweighofer has released an official statement in response to a Romanian TV report and subsequent media reports as well as a video and statement published by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), which all accuse the company of accepting wood from illegal sources.

  • Using certified tropical timber is crucial to save rain forests

    The Malaysian Timber Council’s European Director Sheam Satkuru-Granzella called for increased marketing and promotion as well as for EU economic growth packages in order to stimulate demand for socially responsible products such as certified tropical timber.