Forthcoming WTO Public Forum to focus on timber legality, sustainable development and good governance
The EU FLEGT Action Plan promotes trade in legal timber products and requires that timber being traded in the EU is legal. Other markets (USA, Australia, Japan) have adopted similar policies. These policies have repercussions for timber producing and exporting countries, which often need to upgrade their control and information systems to meet the new market demands.
The forthcoming session of the WTO Public Forum – to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, tomorrow 4th October 2018 – will discuss how trade policies can promote and support governance reforms in developing countries.
The event will show how forest resources contribute to sustainable development both in social and environmental terms.
The session will also debate lessons the FLEGT approach — which combines trade with strong country ownership, multistakeholder participation, capacity building and technology — has for other sectors.
Moderator: Jussi Viitanen, Head of the EU FLEGT and REDD facilities, European Forest Institute
- Hannah Mowat, Campaigns Coordinator, Fern
- Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., Chairman, Board of Directors, Forestry Development Authority, Liberia
- David Hopkins, Managing Director, Timber Trade Federation, United Kingdom
- Herbert Christ, Head, International Forest Policy Program, German Agency for International Development