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Items tagged 'EU timber regulation'

Australia moves to outlaw stolen timber from its markets

Australia’s Parliament has today (November 19, 2012) voted in new legislation banning stolen timber from its markets. The new laws were five years in the making and require all importers to carry out mandatory due diligence on timber and timber products sourced from overseas. Penalties for those found guilty of importing illegal logged timber include […]

Laos’ forests still falling to ‘connected’ businesses

LONDON: More than a year after being exposed as major players in the smuggling of timber from Laos, a new report reveals the Vietnamese timber industry, the military and well-connected Lao actors are still profiting from the flow of logs into Vietnam. As well as the role played by a commercial operation of the Vietnam […]

Checkpoints

A report into how powerful interest groups continue to undermine forest governance in Laos.    

Lacey Act has teeth: US gets serious about illegal logging

Gibson Guitars has finally faced the music. After nearly a year of crying foul, running to the Tea Party for political backing, seeking audience with every possible media outlet and hiring a DC lobbying firm to change the law under which it was being investigated, Gibson Guitars has acknowledged that it did, in fact, import […]

Gibson Guitars is held accountable

Gibson Guitars Finally Acknowledges U.S. Lacey Act Violations – Historic US$600,000 Penalties Sets a Clear Benchmark for Enforcement of EU Timber Regulation in March 2013   Gibson Guitars’ long overdue acknowledgement of Lacey Act violations – made in an August 6 Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the Unites States Government – has landed the firm with […]

Burma sanctions suspension must be opportunity for reform

Chance to transform the forestry sector with civil society   LONDON: The European Union’s suspension of sanctions against Burma, which will include lifting the prohibition on direct trade of timber and wood products to EU markets, should be an opportunity to introduce meaningful reform directly benefiting the country’s people. EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg today […]

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