Despite EU Regulation (EUTR, 2013) it appears much, much more needs to be done both in Europe and in the supplier countries to ensure sustainable forestry becomes a global norm.
A review by the EU shows that legislation is failing to prevent $100bn a year trade in illegal timber – or that rules are even being implemented.
Alexandra Pardal, a spokeswoman for the campaign group Global Witness, said that the EU’s law had been a landmark in the fight against deforestation “but almost three years after its introduction, we haven’t seen a single prosecution in Europe.”
“If EU member states are serious about cracking down on the drivers of illegal logging, they need to start abiding by their own laws – by seizing illicit timber and prosecuting the companies that import it.”
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10th February 2016 | Article by: Arthur Neslon | The Guardian
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