ITTC 54-European companies more at ease with FLEGT import procedures—survey



Highlights for Wednesday, 7 November 2018-A 2018 survey of companies in Europe on the impact of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) timber legality initiative has found that most companies now consider that FLEGT licensing is making it easier to import timber products from Indonesia.



The survey of 96 companies in key countries in the European Union (EU) was conducted between May and October 2018 by the Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) mechanism. The IMM was established under an EU-funded ITTO project to support the implementation of bilateral voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-supplying countries and to analyze their market impacts. VPAs are a key element of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, which defines the EU’s policy for promoting legal logging and the trade of legal timber.


To date, Indonesia is the only country to have commenced exports of VPA-licensed timber. In 2017 the country issued 200 000 “V-legal certificates” worth about USD 10.8 billion.


“EU operators have become accustomed to FLEGT-licensed import procedures,” said Sarah Storck, who co-presented a report on the IMM’s work at the 54th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council. “In 2018 compared with 2017, a much higher proportion of surveyed companies reported finding that import procedures were more easily managed and a much lower proportion of companies reported difficulties.”


On the other hand, said Ms Storck, “the survey revealed signs of ‘FLEGT’ fatigue, likely partly due to the lack of FLEGT-licensed timber from countries other than Indonesia”.


“FLEGT licences can underpin market development for tropical products in the EU, but it’s a long-term process”, said Rupert Oliver, Ms Storck’s co-presenter of the IMM report.
“A wider geographic spread—beyond Indonesia—is essential for the market development of FLEGT licences”, concluded Ms Storck.
ITTO provides ongoing support for the IMM with funding from the EU.


Projects declared completed
The Organization’s technical committees reviewed ITTO-funded projects and activities, and several projects were declared completed.


One of these involved the rehabilitation of about 5500 hectares of degraded forest around the Duékoué and Scio gazetted forests in the western part of Côte d’Ivoire. This locality has a large population of internally displaced people and refugees who, along with local people, were assisted by the project to establish taungya agroforestry systems and to enrich and protect natural forests using high-quality seeds of indigenous and exotic tree species.


The project led to the establishment of nine cooperatives (with more than 7000 members) in nine villages for the management of warehouses, the installation of food-processing equipment in those warehouses, and management training for selected members of the cooperatives. According to the completion report presented to the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management, the project has helped improve the living standards of beneficiaries and the daily lives of women and contributed to food security.


The Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management also received a completion report of a project in Brazil that developed—using participatory processes—five community forest management plans in 19 communities in the Maués Forest. These plans have been submitted to the state government and, to date, two have been licensed. The communities have gained considerable knowledge and skills in sustainable forest management and were moving towards sustainable community forest management and production. Among other things, the project has helped empower women through an ongoing community development process.


The joint session of the Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry received the completion report of a project in Indonesia that has helped local communities boost incomes by producing and adding value to bamboo products. 


Indonesia has a long history and tradition in the use of bamboo for houses, furniture, handicrafts and musical instruments. Bamboo sequesters carbon, making it an environmentally friendly, renewable material. The aim of the project was to assist local communities in pilot areas to increase, add value to and better manage their bamboo resources. Among other things, the project created a new bamboo treatment facility in East Nusa Tenggara Province aimed at increasing the longevity of bamboo products using a non-chemical, environmentally friendly preservation treatment. The project also developed a model for capacity building in Bali Province that can be replicated elsewhere in Indonesia as part of the government’s “1000 Bamboo Villages” programme, which is designed to support the development of a thriving national bamboo industry.


Netherlands’ agriculture vice-minister wants ITTO to lead
In an address to the Council this afternoon, Ms Marjolijn Sonnema, Vice-Minister for Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands, said her country has been a committed and devoted adherent to ITTO’s mission from its very beginning.


Forests, said Ms Sonnema, have the potential to make a major contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. This represented an opportunity for ITTO, and she urged the Organization to develop a concise, clear and focused strategy.



Go back


CIFOR : The grand young age for environmental efforts

When Tabi Joda of GreenAid returned from university to the rural Cameroon villages he knew as a child, he found some of them totally abandoned because the land had become too degraded to support villagers’ livelihoods. He was horrified and asked himself, “Why did I go to university, if not to make a difference?”

Read more …

CIFOR : Protecting Congo’s botanical treasures

It was in 2017 that a ‘game changing’ opportunity arrived. INERA and the Meise Botanic Garden partnered with FORETS, a project coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and financed by the European Union. FORETS aims to transform Yangambi into a sustainable landscape, where forests and research double up to improve the living conditions of local people. This has meant a commitment to invest in the herbarium’s infrastructure, its staff, and facilitate research on the site.

Read more …

DSA2019: Opening up Development The Open University, Milton Keynes, 19-21 June

The DSA's annual conference in 2019 will take place at the Open University, which celebrates its 50th birthday that year. The conference will focus centrally on "Opening up Development", while also encompassing the broad range of development studies interests. As with DSA2018, we will have sessions for early career scholars - including on publishing and an ECR plenary; as well as assisting participants from the Global South to attend.

Read more …

Who’s going to save the planet in 2019? The Nature Conservancy names 10 unexpected groups influencing environmental action.

LET'S BE FRANK: 2018 was not exactly a banner year for the planet. Nearly every major environmental assessment presented grim results: crucial habitats like tropical forests continue to disappear; wildlife populations declined 60% over the last 40 years; and, perhaps most alarming, we’re failing to make the progress we need to keep the climate within safe boundaries.

Read more …

Ipsnews-Climate Change: In Africa, extreme weather conditions threaten food security for millions of people.

East Africa has encountered droughts at increasingly shorter intervals in recent years, most recently in 2005-6, 2009, 2011, 2014-15, and 2017.Apart from drought, the conditions for agriculture are also becoming increasingly difficult due to the gradual rise in temperature, salinization and changing rainy seasons. Serious consequences include decreasing availability of food and increasing conflicts over water–both obstacles to development opportunities of the affected states and possible triggers for migration.

Read more …

IITA-New mobile app to tackle crop disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

IITA signs MOU with RightMesh to develop a mesh-enabled mobile app to tackle crop disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. This co-created mesh-enabled mobile app will allow smallholder farmers to detect and report new pests and diseases without incurring costs for internet or data.

Read more …

His Excellency François-Xavier de Donnea, CBFP Facilitator wishes you a very joyful holiday season 2018 and extends best wishes for 2019!

Throughout this year 2018, I have appreciated your rich and diverse contributions that have enhanced our shared Partnership. Together, we have made further strides as several new members have joined us, bringing the number of CBFP members to 113. On the other hand, we have acquired a "Brussels Declaration" which was adopted during the 18th Meeting of CBFP Parties, and comes to crown all the Belgian CBFP Facilitation’s efforts to foster dialogue and drive action towards stronger...

Read more … expectations, low execution: The Katowice climate change conference COP 24

The Katowice climate package brings minor progress, but COP 24 failed to deliver on the most fundamental issues such as raising ambition of national contributions, implementing human rights, and ensuring support for developing countries.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive