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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 …

Hardwood plywood, wooden cabinets and vanities from Vietnam may be investigated by U.S. for trade defence measures

21-04-2020
trade defence measure, U.S. Department of Commerce, origin fraud, illegal conveyance, Vietnam, hardwood plywood, wooden cabinets, wooden vanities

Hardwood plywood, wooden cabinets and vanities exported to the U.S. are among the 12 products at risk of being investigated for trade defence measures, origin fraud or illegal convenyance, announced the Trade Remedies Authority of Vietnam, reported Viet Nam News. The rest of the list included mattresses, quartz surface products, seamless refined …

Indonesian plantation director in conflict with indigenous community charged with illegal logging

07-04-2020
Ministry of Environment and Forestry, charged, director, plantation firm, eastern Indonesian, Seram, illegal logging, dispute, indigenous community

by Nurdin Tubaka/ Mongabay News Imanuel Darusman, a director of CV Sumber Berkat Makmur, was charged by Indonesia’s forestry ministry. An official with the ministry’s law enforcement bureau said they began to look into the case when the arrest of 26 indigenous people by the local police for vandalising the company’s equipment …

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 …

FSC responds to media reports of wrongful activity in Ukraine

08-01-2020
FSC, Austrian parquet market, Ukrainian suppliers, forest management, illegal timber trade

Recent media reports examined the Austrian parquet market and its Ukrainian suppliers, and some have raised doubts about the effectiveness of FSC controls in Ukraine. They suggest FSC certification is not an effective means of punishing or exposing violations of FSC standards in cases where companies or forestry operations are associated with …

Malaysian Customs had successful trial of localised Guidelines for verifying timber legality

14-11-2019
Guidelines for verifying timber legality, Malaysia, customs, TRAFFIC, illegal logging, timber trade

A first-of-their-kind guidelines to verifying the legality of timber in trade had been successfully trialled by customs officers in Malaysia. The guidelines are now available for enforcement officers nationwide and worldwide, according to TRAFFIC, an international wildlife conservation NGO. The Guidelines for Verifying Timber Legality, completed …

A complete ban on Russian timber exports to China looks inappropriate, said Head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

03-09-2019
Russian timber export, illegal logging, China, Denis Manturov, Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

A complete ban on the sale of Russian timber exports to China looks inappropriate, since illegal logging is an internal problem of the country, said the Head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, RIA Novosti reported on 19 August. Manturov was responding to comments made by Dmitry Kobylkin, Russia's minister of natural …

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