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FLEGT forest power to the people The EU FLEGT VPA process is giving local communities real influence in the operation of their forest and timber sectors and they’re urging the EU timber trade to back it. Mike Jeffree reports.
Clear view imperatives Dave Hopkins, executive director of Wood for Good, says transparency within supply chains is essential if consumers are to have faith that products are ethically sourced.
Scouting for opportunity Camilla Hair of Snows Timber looks back at a decade of changing emphasis in compliance and at what the future holds.
Certification needs second look by EC The EC has committed a serious oversight in its Forest Strategy by overlooking the potential contribution environmental certification schemes can make to developing a rounded environmentally and commercially sound forestry sector, writes FSC managing director Kim Carstensen.
FLEGT – forging legality links The battle against illegal logging is being joined by timber consumer and producer countries worldwide, and taking interesting new directions. Mike Jeffree reports.
Data drives demand The market requires ever more information on timber legality, environmental impact and performance. The American Hardwood Export Profile is US hardwoods’ response. Rupert Oliver reports.
Wood First Plus LCA database draws Ecobuild crowd A 'soft launch' for Wood for Good's ground breaking Wood First Plus timber life cycle assessment online database packed out TRADA's seminar theatre on its Ecobuild stand.
Ecobuild: Sustainable materials platform launched Ongreening, a new online green building platform, chose an eyecatching timber structure for its launch at Ecobuild.
Equipped to enforce Enforcement head Michael Kearney says the NMO is now primed to demonstrate the EUTR has teeth. Mike Jeffree reports.
Backing the crack down The TTF will support EUTR prosecutions to defend the UK trade’s global reputation on legality, says chief executive John White.
A step to sustainability The EUTR should be stage one of a journey towards 100% assured sustainable forestry and timber, says Julia Young, UK manager of the WWF Global Forest Trade Network.
EUTR – a work in progress According to our vox pop of timber companies and others involved with the EU Timber Regulation, UK implementation has been effective and less arduous than anticipated. But the consensus is that more work is needed across the EU if it is to have the hoped for impact on illegal logging and trade.
Timber on show Timber remains a vital element at Ecobuild. Keren Fallwell previews some of what will feature this year.
Breaking certified ground A CLT-based apartment block could be a timber certification game changer. Mike Jeffree reports
Timber Expo: EUTR enquiries keep Bureau Veritas busy International certification body Bureau Veritas was at Timber Expo for the first time, highlighting its timber legality auditing and verification services following the introduction of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).
VPA vision for legality Implementing EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements is taking longer than hoped, but supplier countries signed up to the initiative have already made major progress on legality assurance. Mike Jeffree reports.
Good, but can do better The FSC is the biggest player in tropical forest certification, but acknowledges it has more to do in this area says director general Kim Carstensen.
PEFC in tropical push After a slow start, PEFC’s tropical forest certification is building momentum, writes head of projects and development Sarah Price.
Malaysia makes its legality mark Malaysia’s MYTLAS legality assurance system is bedding in well and helping challenge perceptions that tropical timber is inevitably high risk of illegality, says Malaysian Timber Council London director Sheam Satkuru- Granzella.