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Monday, 06 December 2010

Illegal logging: MEPs give green light for agreements

In a bid to fight the trade in illegally-harvested timber, the EP International Trade Committee gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the Commission to conclude voluntary partnership agreements with Congo and Cameroon aimed at stopping illegal logging, which is said to be the main cause of deforestation in the world. Voluntary partnership agreements between the EU and wood exporting countries are the cornerstone of the EU 2003 Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). They seek to combat the bad governance practices and corruption from which the illegal trade stems and also provide for import controls at EU borders. In two reports drafted by Yannick Jadot (Greens/EFA, FR), MEPs nevertheless voiced reservations about the implementation of the accords, and made suggestions about deforestation, environmental protection and the need for more technical and financial resources.

Source: European Parliament