INDONESIA TO BE THE FIRST TO USE NEW EU TIMBER CERTIFICATION
The European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade Action Plan is a trade policy intended to reduce the importation of illegally logged timber and to promote sustainable, legal forest management. In 2013, after 6 years of negotiations, Indonesia signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) under the Plan, agreeing to export only verified legal timber products. This past spring, Indonesia entered the final stages of fulfilling its VPA requirements, and in November it will become the first country to export licensed wood products to the EU. For the full story, see http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/articles/indonesia-becomes-first-country-to-use-eu-certification-to-combat-illegal-logging/.