AF&PA – Trade and Environment Program in Europe Reports


Report PDF: T&E_Jan_Feb_2006


Consultants commentary and highlights. p3

1: Development of Forest Certification in Europe. p4
1.1: Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). p4
1.1.1: Status and area. p4
1.1.2: UK government reassessment of PEFC. p4
1.1.3: Australian Government urges Greenpeace to accept PEFC and the national AFS. p5
1.2: Forest Stewardship Council. p5
1.3: Demand, supply and price premiums for certified wood products in the UK. p7
1.4: Comparison of FSC and PEFC certification in Northern Europe. p8
1.5: Another comparison of FSC and PEFC. p9

2: International Agreements and institutions. p9
2.1: European FLEGT. p9
2.1.1: Recent progress towards implementation. p9
2.1.2: Chatham House research on legislative options. p10
2.2: African FLEG. p11
2.2.1: Progress towards a VPA in Cameroon. p11
2.2.2: Forest Law Enforcement Scoping study in Congo Brazzaville. p12
2.3: Asia FLEG. p12
2.4: Europe and North Asia (ENA) FLEG. p12
2.4.1: Progress towards implementation. p12
2.4.2: ‘Validation of Legal Timber Production’ in Russian Far East. p13
2.5: Latin American FLEG. p13
2.6: International Tropical Timber Agreement. p13

3: National Procurement Policies. p15
3.1: France. p15
3.2: Germany. p15
3.3: Spain. p15
3.4: United Kingdom. p16
3.4.1: CPET review of Category A and B criteria. p16
3.4.2: UK government looks again at social criteria. p17
3.4.3: British MPs call for law banning imports of illegal timber. p17
3.4.4: TTF Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP). p18
3.4.5: Independent ‘Timber Industry Forum’ vs. TTF. p18
3.4.6: Timbmet’s procurement policy. p18
3.6: Netherlands. p18
3.6.1: Government procurement policy. p18
3.6.2: Wijma’s experiences. p19
3.7: Switzerland. p20

4: Environmental campaigns. p20
4.1: ‘A Common Vision for Transforming the European Paper Industry’. p20
4.2: Sami Reindeer-forests’ dispute settled in Finland. p20
4.3: Greenpeace exposes failure of IBAMA and trade with fraudulent ATPFs and tax receipts. p20

5: Events. p20


Report PDF: T&E_Mar_Apr_2006


Consultants commentary and highlights. p3

1: Development of Forest Certification in Europe. p4
1.1: Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). p4
1.1.1: Status and area. p4
1.1.2: European Parliament regards FSC and PEFC equal. p5
1.1.3: The PEFC Council lifts suspension of the Swiss Q-label. p5
1.1.4: PEFC marketing in Asia. p5
1.2: Forest Stewardship Council. p6
1.2.1: Status and area. p6
1.2.2: FSC launches China National Initiative. p7
1.2.3: Swiss WWF buyers group gains record sales in FSC products. p7
1.2.4: FSC establishes an independent accreditation business entity. p7
1.2.5: FSC staff turnover. p7

2: International Agreements and institutions. p8
2.1: European FLEGT. p8
2.1.1: EC reports “encouraging progress”. p8
2.1.2: Additional legislative options being considered. p8
2.1.3: Debate over inclusion of social criteria in public procurement. p9
2.2: African FLEG. p10
2.2.1: Negotiation of Voluntary Partnership Agreements. p10
2.2.2: Update on satellite imagery of Cameroon. p10
2.3: Asia FLEG. p10
2.3.1: Japan adopts purchasing policy. p10
2.3.2: Indonesia launches multi-stakeholder dialogue on forest sector transparency. p11
2.4: ENA FLEG. p11
2.4.1: Russia announces national action plan. p11

3: National Procurement Policies. p12
3.1: Belgium. p12
3.2: Denmark to extend policy to include all timber. p12
3.3: France. p13
3.4: Germany. p14
3.4.1: Criteria for certification schemes close to completion. p14
3.4.2: Chemical analysis to identify origin of timber products. p14
3.5: Italy likely to develop green procurement guidelines. p14
3.6: Spain. p15
3.6.1: New Forest Law encourages public procurement policies. p15
3.6.2: WWF Spain assesses local government green procurement. p15
3.7: United Kingdom. p15
3.7.1: New eco-homes standard released. p15
3.7.2: PEFC still not approved as ‘sustainable’ by CPET. p17
3.7.3: CPET review criteria. p17
3.7.4: London authorities implement timber procurement policies. p17
3.7.5: London Olympics a major opportunity for sustainable timber. p17
3.7.6: New building standards to tackle climate change. p19
3.8: Procurement policies proposed in Norway. p19

4: Environmental campaigns. p19
4.1: Greenpeace: Kayu Lapis Indonesia. p19
4.2: EIA: ‘Behind the Veneer’. p19
4.3: Greenpeace: 'Sharing the Blame: Global Consumption and China's Role in Ancient Forest Destruction'. p20
4.4: WWF Government barometer on illegal logging update. p20

5: Events. p20


Report PDF: T&E_May_Jun_2006


Consultants commentary and highlights. p3

1: Development of Forest Certification in Europe. p5
1.1: Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). p5
1.1.1: Status and area. p5
1.1.2: Progress towards PEFC compatible scheme in Gabon. p6
1.1.3: PEFC Asia Promotion. p6
1.1.4: Seminars in Belgium and UK. p6
1.1.5: PEFC Council General Assembly. p7
1.2: Forest Stewardship Council. p7
1.2.1: Status and area. p7
1.2.2: FSC makes more progress in Eastern Europe. p8
1.2.3: A major tropical African concession achieves FSC certification. p9
1.2.4: FSC Certified Paper sector in Europe. p9
1.2.5: First Russian FSC-accredited certification body. p9
1.3: Pan-Canadian Program. p9

2: International Agreements and institutions. p10
2.1: European Commission. p10
2.1.1: EC adopts Forest Action Plan. p10
2.1.2: EC adopts plan to halt loss of biodiversity by 2010. p11
2.2: ICFPA Commits to Improve Sustainability Performance. p11
2.3: ITTO reports on progress towards sustainable tropical forestry. p12
2.4: FAO Global Forest Assessment 2005. p13
2.5: Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). p14
2.6: CIFOR: investors risk billions on paper projects by failing to assess wood resources. p15

3: National Procurement Policies. p16
3.1: China. p16
3.1.1: New Evaluation Standard for Green Building. p16
3.1.2: Action taken on illegal timber from Burma. p16
3.1.3: Chinese press reports on illegal logging. p17
3.2: UK. p18
3.2.1: Review of criteria for legal and sustainable. p18
3.2.2: TTF Responsible Procurement Policy (RPP). p19
3.2.3: London Mayor requires FSC for public sector construction. p19
3.3: Spain. p20
3.4: Japan. p20
3.4.1: 28% of local governments in Japan have a green purchasing policy. p20
3.4.2: Greenpeace press PM Koizumi on illegal logging. p20
3.5: Australia. p20

4: National forest policies. p21
4.1: Brazil. p21
4.2: Finland. p21
4.3: Russia. p21
4.4: West Africa. p22
4.4.1: Liberian wood export sanctions lifted. p22
4.4.2: Ghana Forest and Trade Network makes progress. p22
4.5: Congo Basin. p23
4.5.1: Congo Forest and Trade Network expands. p23
4.5.2: France and Cameroon in debt-for-nature swap. p23
4.6: Denmark. p23
4.7: Australia. p23
4.8: Papua New Guinea. p24
4.9: Indonesia. p25
4.10: Guyana. p26

5: Environmental campaigns. p26
5.1: EIA: US Free Trade Pacts and Illegal Timber Trade. p26
5.2: Global Witness criticise World Bank record in Cambodia. p27
5.3: Greenpeace: targeting teak garden furniture. p27

6: Events. p28


Report PDF: T&E_Aug_Nov_2006


Consultants commentary and highlights. p4

1: Development of Forest Certification. p6
1.1: Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). p6
1.1.1: Status and area. p6
1.1.2: New guide on avoidance of controversial timber. p6
1.1.3: PEFC tightens procedures in response to stakeholder concerns. p6
1.1.4: Russia makes a significant shift to PEFC. p7
1.1.5: Certification of non-wood forest products. p7
1.1.6: PEFC position papers on indigenous people and phased certification. p7
1.1.7: PEFC praised for social criteria. p8
1.1.8: German retailers association joins PEFC. p8
1.2: Forest Stewardship Council. p8
1.2.1: Status and area. p8
1.2.2: FSC completes first phase of plantations review. p9
1.2.3: New controlled wood standards approved. p9
1.2.4: FSC discusses international generic forestry indicators. p9
1.2.5: Draft multi-site Chain of Custody standards released. p10
1.2.6: FSC approve project certification standard. p11
1.2.7: FSC and the ISEAL Alliance. p11
1.2.8: FSC makes progress in Australia. p12
1.2.10: FSC accredits national standard for the Czech Republic. p13
1.2.11: Indonesian teak plantations seek recertification. p14
1.2.12: Leroy Merlin pursue FSC certification for garden furniture and flooring. p14
1.2.13: M&S become first UK high street retailer to achieve FSC certification. p14
1.2.14: World Rainforest Movement criticises FSC. p14
1.2.15: More Swiss recognise FSC label. p15
1.2.16: FSC supplies to Netherlands rise rapidly. p16
1.2.17: FSC-watch.org launched. p16

2: International Agreements and institutions. p19
2.1: European Commission FLEGT. p19
2.2: GLOBE Illegal logging dialogue. p19
2.3: World Bank. p20
2.3.1: Certification assessment guide. p20
2.3.2: New lending requirements specify certification. p20
2.3.3: New report on illegal logging in developing countries. p21
2.4: CITES discuss mahogany and ramin. p21
2.5: Climate change convention. p22
2.5.1: Stern Review. p22
2.5.2: International funding for “avoided deforestation”. p23
2.5.3: UNFCCC, Nairobi, Kenya. p24
2.6: East Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance. p25
2.7: African Forest Law Enforcement and Governance process. p25
2.8: Latin America FLEG. p25
2.9: Europe-North Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance. p26
2.9.1: Workshop develops guidance on national action plans. p26
2.9.2: Forest Trends hosts meeting on Chinese-Russian trade. p26
2.9.3: EU-Russia cooperation on the environment. p26
2.9.4: Workshop discussing illegal trade in Baltic region. p27
2.10: OECD looks at illegal logging. p27
2.11: Forestry and Poverty Conference. p27

3: National Procurement Policies. p28
3.1: EC information exchange meeting on green procurement. p28
3.2: UK review of forest certification schemes still on-going. p28
3.3: Denmark rates forest certification schemes for legality. p28

4: National forest policies. p28
4.1: Indonesia. p29
4.1.1: Structural change in the industry. p29
4.1.2: Progress to tackle illegal logging. p29
4.1.3: ENGOs keep up the pressure. p30
4.3: Debate over forestry in Papua New Guinea. p30
4.4: Cameroon: defining legality. p31
4.5: Ghana develops legality verification. p31
4.6: …and so does Guyana. p32
4.7: Brazil: Amazon deforestation slows. p33
4.8: Russia. p33

5: Private sector initiatives. p33
5.1: Danzer and WWF agree to work together. p33
5.2: European toy industry recognises both PEFC and FSC. p33

6: Environmental campaigns. p34
6.1: Greenpeace and WWF target Finland to force legislative agenda. p34
6.2: Greenpeace: PNG wood in public procurement. p34
6.3: WWF scores European tissue manufacturers. p34
6.4: WWF targets Asia Pulp and Paper. p35
6.5: EIA: European flooring companies criticised for continuing use of merbau

7: Events. p35

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