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EU agrees to ban sale of illegal timber & timber products - operators must ensure transparency in supply chain

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8 July 2010

Global Witness welcomes new EU law banning illegal timber

Author: Global Witness

The European Parliament has introduced new legislation banning the trade of illegally sourced timber and timber products in EU member states…Global Witness warmly welcomed the reform as an important step towards cracking down on illegal logging around the world…"For more than 15 years, Global Witness has been working to stop illegal logging and the associated suffering of millions of people who live in and from forests...[T]his new law…means timber traders will bear legal responsibility for the products they source," said Reiner Tegtmeyer, investigator at Global Witness…The new law follows the US Lacey Act…The EU law is not as stringent as this...[Refers to US investigation of Gibson Guitars]

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8 July 2010

MEPs vote to cut illegal timber out of the EU market

Author: European Parliament

A ban on the sale of illegally-harvested timber, along with traceability measures and sanctions, has been given the green light by MEPs…Member States will be responsible for applying sanctions to operators who break the rules…To ensure traceability, each operator along the supply chain will need to declare from whom they bought timber and to whom they sold it…The rules are expected to take effect in late 2012…On a global level, deforestation as a whole is estimated to contribute 20% of greenhouse gas emissions...The plunder of this natural resource also hits forest-dependent peoples and the economies of developing countries.

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