Forest Legality Initiative Newsletter | September 2018



Dear partners and friends,

The Forest Legality Initiative (FLI) has had a productive year, and as the summer winds down here in North America we are preparing for a busy fall, including the 2nd Annual Forest Legality Week in October, new publications on the horizon, a revamp of our website, and continuing and expanding on existing activities with many of you. The Open Timber Portal is now live in the two Congos and is in the process of expanding to cover other countries. Our work on wood identification technologies with numerous U.S. and international institutions, and the Global Timber Tracking Network, has been particularly active as well.

In-country work on timber traceability is moving ahead in Indonesia and Peru. We are also building on our past work on private sector timber legality due care training with the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) to expand that work to Peru, in collaboration with the FAO, Global Timber Forum, and local partners. We have been closely involved with the expanding focus on timber, particularly rosewood, under the CITES Convention. We were honored to support the planning and carrying out the forest crime theme at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum in June. And as I write, we are preparing to present and moderate at the technology-focused panels at the Interpol Global Forestry Crime Conference September 4-6 in Lyon.


Finally, we’re very pleased to introduce two new team members: Achille Djeagou is supporting our work on the Open Timber Portal from our Kinshasa office, and Maite Knorr-Evans has joined our team as communications intern. They have both hit the ground running and are helping us expand and strengthen our projects.


We hope to see many of you at Forest Legality Week in October or otherwise hope to cross paths with you soon.

Best Regards,

Chip Barber, Director, Forest Legality Initiative



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China in Cameroon’s forests: A review of issues and progress for livelihoods and sustainability

This report introduces the nature and scale of the issues involved, and how the China- Africa Forest Governance Project has engaged with them. It analyses the impact of Chinese-linked investments and companies on forests and livelihoods in the forest and non-forest sectors – agro-industries, mining and infrastructure. The report describes the efforts made through the project to improve policy and practice in China-Cameroon forest issues and outlines some ways forward.

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Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.

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iucncongress2020-Host a session during the Forum

Organisations and individuals can propose hosting a session during the Forum of the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Hosting a session is an excellent opportunity to inform debate and drive conservation action on the issues that matter most to you or your organisation. The call for proposals will be open from 6 May to 17 July 2019.

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EU Communication (2019) on Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation

On 14 December, the European Commission published a Roadmap on the EU initiative on Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The Roadmap sets out the context and objectives of the initiative and the foreseen consultation, and was open for feedback until 15 January 2019 via this page....

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Summary of the Public Consultation Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation

The public  consultation  was  open  from 14 January  2019until 25 February  2019.  It  received  955 responses,  including  97  attachments.This summary  report presents the headline  results  from  the public consultation, under each section of the survey questionnaire.

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IISD- 2019 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Work continued apace on Thursday at the 2019 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions. On the penultimate day of the meetings, delegates convened in plenary in the morning to look into issues of joint concern, as well as work related to the Rotterdam Convention (RC).

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