UK TAKES ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL TIMBER IMPORTS FROM CAMEROON
Authorities in the United Kingdom are taking action against 14 companies that are suspected of sourcing illegal timber from Cameroon. Cameroon’s forests are one of the most biodiverse in the Congo Basin, but they are being decimated at a rapid pace due to illegal logging. Pursuant to the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), British authorities have started the first steps in targeting 14 companies that are suspected of sourcing the illegal timber, sending 6 letters of remedial action, 7 letters of warning, and 1 letter of advice. The EUTR states that companies must demonstrate that their timber imports are from legal operations, starting from point of harvest. The 14 companies will face official sanctions if they do not comply with UK terms, a major step toward holding companies accountable for illegal timber sourcing. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2016/07/uk-takes-action-against-companies-importing-timber-from-cameroon-tied-to-illegal-logging/.