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Singapore launches first Centre for Wildlife Forensics to combat illegal wildlife trade, including timber

13-08-2020
Singapore, Timber, Illegal Trade, Law

Singapore launched its first Centre for Wildlife Forensics (CWF) on 11 August 2020. The CWF will strengthen the National Parks Board Singapore's (NParks) detection and diagnostic capabilities by drawing upon expertise across NParks to identify and analyse specimens involved in the illegal wildlife trade. This will strengthen Singapore’s role …

Republic of Congo: New Forest Code promulgated

07-08-2020
Congo, Law, Forestry, Deforestation

The law n° 33-2020 on the forest code was definitely adopted on 8 July 2020. This new law has been under discussion since 2018 and was still under debate in the National Assembly in April 2020. Over the past few years, there has been an emergence of concerns about forest management, climage change, illegal logging, conservation of …

Indonesia risks timber trade with EU after scrapping license rules

31-03-2020
Certification, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Environment, Forests, Global Trade, Illegal Logging, Illegal Timber Trade, Illegal Trade, Logging, Sustainability, Sustainable Forest Management, Timber, Timber Laws, Tropical Forests

By Hans Nicholas Jong, Mongabay News The European Union says a move by Indonesia to no longer require that wood exports be verified as coming from legal sources threatens the timber trade between the two sides. The EU has since 2016 put its trust in Indonesia’s timber certification scheme, the SVLK, to ensure that the wood it imports …

New measures in Japan to increase certification of sustainably sourced materials

19-12-2019
Japan, certification, sustainably sourced materials, wood, forest management, FSC, PEFC, tax, law

Contemporary Japanese design made of wood has always been popular, yet the promotion of certified sustainably sourced materials seems absent, according to a report in the Japan Times FSC launched a Japan standard certification This year, however, the government introduced a new forest management law and forest tax, which it says is designed to …

Swiss government passes new law to protect forests

25-08-2016
Switzerland, forestry law

Switzerland will spend US$10.3 million more annually to protect its forests, with new policies coming into effect as early as next year. Other measures include fighting non-native pests such as the Asian longhorn beetle, whose numbers have recently increased. The new law also allows for taking measures to combat such invasive species outside of …

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