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Germany, Norway, and the UK are spending US$5 billion to save tropical forests

2nd December 2015

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The governments of Germany, Norway, and the UK announced they would spend US$5 billion between 2015 and 2020 for protecting and restoring tropical forests, on occasion of the Climate Change Conference in Paris. The three countries are the biggest donors in international forest protection.

EU makes FLEGT more transparent – Map of projects launched

1st December 2015

EU interactive Map of FLEGT projects

The EU has launched an interactive Map of FLEGT projects on 1 December. The tool is to help “sharing information and coordinating action in support of the EU FLEGT Action Plan”.

German timber trade sales rise less than forecast

13th November 2015

GD Holz promotion campaign "Holz vom Fach". Picture: GD Holz

Turnover generated by the German timber trade was up 0.4% in the first nine months of 2015. Growth was thus lower than the previously expected 3-4%.

Independent Market Monitoring launched in Germany, Spain and UK

9th November 2015

Caption: VPA launch in Cameroon. Picture EU FLEGT Facility.

ITTO has launched the pilot phase of EU-backed Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) project in October. IMM has been established to support implementation of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) between the EU and timber supplying countries as well as to gauge how much timber from VPA partner countries is exported to the EU and how FLEGT-licensed timber is perceived in the EU market – for example whether it will meet companies’ individual legality requirements and attract a price premium.

Drilling down into due diligence – a GTF Report

14th September 2015

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If there’s a key to the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) doing its job and keeping illegal timber off the EU market, it’s effective exercise of due diligence by the legitimate trade. 

NEPCon launches Forestry Risk Profiles

14th September 2015

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NEPCon is now providing additional support for companies in sourcing legal timber, with its so-called Forestry Risk Profiles. The Profiles contain guidance and information for evaluating risks and sourcing legal timber from different countries.

Québec reaches for the sky

10th September 2015

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The Government of Québec has published a construction guide for tall wooden buildings. According to the guides’ authors FP Innovations, the paper titled Construction of Mass Timber Buildings up to 12 Storeys outlines the technical principles required to design and construction tall wooden buildings using mass timber construction materials such as cross-laminated timber (CLT).  

FSC confirms Schweighofer’s certificate

8th September 2015

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FSC carried an audit of the Austrian timber company Schweighofer’s  Romanian mills in June and July, following allegations that the company accepted illegally felled timber.

FSC’s online claims platform is now ready for use

8th September 2015

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FSC says it has released a “new and improved version of the online claims platform (OCP)”. For the controversial tool’s new version, FSC says it has considered most of the stakeholder feedback received since plans for the OCP were first made public in late 2013. 

IFN tells VeneerStories

7th September 2015

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The German marketing organisation Initiative Furnier+Natur has published a series of inspiring stories that are putting wood and veneers to new uses, as a part of its Furniergeschichten (VeneerStories) project. 

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Germany, Norway, and the UK are spending US$5 billion to save tropical forests

2nd December 2015

Poster-portrait-format

The governments of Germany, Norway, and the UK announced they would spend US$5 billion between 2015 and 2020 for protecting and restoring tropical forests, on occasion of the Climate Change Conference in Paris. The three countries are the biggest donors in international forest protection.

EU makes FLEGT more transparent – Map of projects launched

1st December 2015

EU interactive Map of FLEGT projects

The EU has launched an interactive Map of FLEGT projects on 1 December. The tool is to help “sharing information and coordinating action in support of the EU FLEGT Action Plan”.

Don’t delay Indonesian FLEGT licensing, urges Jakarta trade summit

23rd November 2015

Full implementation of Indonesia's FLEGT VPA is just a few steps away

Indonesia’s EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) must be fully implemented as soon as possible. This was the overriding message from an international “High level market dialogue” meeting in Jakarta on Indonesia’s timber legality assurance strategy, “Although there are a few issues that still need joint solutions from Indonesia […]

Brazilian probe highlights EUTR failures, says Greenpeace

16th November 2015

The report demands reforms in Brazil and the EU

Greenpeace claims European companies failed to exercise effective due diligence trading with a Brazilian company subject to an illegal timber probe. The NGO makes the allegation in the third report in its ‘The Amazon’s Silent Crisis series’. In the 20-page publication, subtitled ‘Partners in Crime’ and released at the beginning of November, it also maintains […]

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