AF&PA – Trade and Environment Program in Europe Reports


Report PDF: T&E_Jan_Mar_2008


1: International Agreements and Institutions. p4
1.1: European Union. p4
1.1.1: EC Communication on Green Public Procurement. p4
1.1.2: Social criteria in public sector timber procurement. p4
1.1.3: Significance of public sector procurement. p5
1.1.4: FLEGT VPA Negotiations. p6
1.1.5: Additional legislative options. p6
1.1.6: Eco-labelling for wood furniture. p7
1.1.7: Recommendation to drop 10% biofuels target. p7
1.1.8: New report reinforces benefits of forest sector action to mitigate climate change. p8
1.2: Japan makes illegal logging a high priority at the G8. p8
1.3: Globe Legislators Forum. p9
1.4: Draft recommendations on forests for the Convention on Biodiversity. p10
1.5: World Bank. p11
1.5.1: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. p11
1.5.2: New Guidance for “Sustaining Forests in Development Co-operation. p12
1.6: ALFA Initiative. p12

2: National level developments in Europe. p13
2.1: United Kingdom. p13
2.1.1: DEFRA Minister spells out long term vision of global licensing scheme. p13
2.1.2: UK government consultation on additional legislation. p13
2.1.3: Government responds to public consultation on procurement policy change. p14
2.1.4: Procurement policy implementation. p15
2.2: Spanish government develops Green Public Procurement Plan. p15
2.3: Belgian government reviews timber procurement policy. p16
2.4: Netherlands close to approving criteria for assessing certification systems. p16
2.5: Danish government forges ahead with procurement policy without NGOs. p17

3: National level developments outside Europe. p17
3.1: China. p17
3.1.1: Alarm bells ring over “timber security”. p17
3.1.2: Africa’s wood trade with China. p19
3.2: Japan’s timber procurement policy. p19
3.3: Russia. p21
3.4: Indonesia. p22
3.4.1: Illegal wood exports to Malaysia continue. p22
3.4.2: Auditing of timber concessions reveals widespread irregularities. p22
3.4.3: Major supply problems reported. p22
3.4.4: Furniture sector moves to certification. p23
3.5: Brazil announces another crackdown on illegal logging. p23
3.6: New tracking technology being applied in Liberia. p24
3.7: Democratic Republic of the Congo. p25
3.7.1: World Bank increases its engagement. p25
3.7.3: Industry responds to Global Witness claims. p26
3.7.4: Alternative finance mechanisms for sustainable forest use. p26

4: Development of Forest Certification. p27
4.1: Global trends. p27
4.2: PEFC. p28
4.2.1: Status of national certification systems. p28
4.2.2: Restructuring process. p28
4.2.3: Guidance on project certification. p28
4.2.4: Position paper on carbon sequestration and forest certification. p28
4.3: FSC. p28
4.3.1: Market information pack. p29
4.3.2: Recent and on-going reforms of the FSC system. p29
4.3.3: UK Market recognition of FSC logo. p30
4.4: Greenpeace assessment of private sector legality verification schemes. p30
4.5: Fair Trade Timber Certification. p31

5: Other private sector initiatives. p31
5.1: TTAP and Verifor analysis of legality standards. p31
5.2: Tropical Forestry CEO’s Group. p32

6: ENGO campaigns. p33
6.1: EIA target Vietnam. p33
6.2: Friends of the Earth target EC use of illegal wood. p34
6.3: Greenpeace block Brazilian shipment into France. p34

7: Events. p34


Report PDF: T&E_Apr_Jul_2008


Summary and highlights. p3

1: International Agreements and institutions. p5
1.1: European Union. p5
1.1.1: Additional legislative options. p5
1.1.2: EU Parliament endorses need for more action on illegal logging. p7
1.1.3: EU develops harmonised framework to assess the sustainability of whole buildings. p7
1.1.4: EC Communication on Green Public Procurement. p8
1.1.5: Social criteria in public sector timber procurement. p8
1.1.6: FLEGT VPA Negotiations. p10
1.1.7: European Emissions Trading Scheme steers clear of forestry credits. p11
1.1.8: EC on-line consultations on deforestation and biofuels. p12
1.2: G8 Environment Ministers emphasise measures to tackle illegal logging. p13
1.3: Convention on Biodiversity. p14
1.4: IIED proposes new Global Forest Partnership. p15

2: National level developments in Europe. p16
2.1: United Kingdom. p16
2.1.1: Delayed release of guidance for new government procurement policy. p16
2.1.2: Flawed BRE standard for responsible procurement of construction materials. p17
2.1.3: Timber procurement for the Olympics. p19
2.1.4: Unlikely attempt to introduce Lacey-style legislation. p21
2.1.5: Eliasch Review. p21

3: Development of Forest Certification. p21
3.1: Global trends. p21
3.2: PEFC. p22
3.2.1: Governance Review. p22
3.2.2: New Head of Communications. p23
3.3: FSC. p23
3.3.1: New Executive Director appointed. p23
3.3.2: P&C under review. p23
3.3.3: Process requirements for development of FSC national standards. p24
3.3.4: ASI moves to improve credibility of auditing. p24
3.3.5: Danish municipalities recognise FSC. p25
3.3.6: FSC certified area expands in Africa. p25
3.4: ITTO Report on Forest Certification. p25
3.5: Forest certification in Canada. p26

6: ENGO campaigns. p27
6.1: WWF Report on Illegal EU import trade. p27
6.2: Greenpeace ask EU to show “Forest Love”. p28

7: Events. p28
7.1: In Europe. p28
7.2: Outside Europe. p29


Report PDF: T&E_Sept_Nov_2008


1: Timber Trade Federation discuss illegal logging. p2

2: Harvested Wood Products under the Climate Change Convention. p4

3: FSC faces up to mounting NGO criticism. p5

4: Green Building Initiatives Workshop. p5

5: UK trade associations discuss threat to wood's unique selling point. p6

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