Consultation: We need your comments!
As most will know in March 2007, the Government announced a revision to the UK Government’s timber procurement policy, as part of its Sustainable Procurement Action Plan:
From 1 April 2009 only timber and timber products originating either from independently verified legal and sustainable sources or from a licensed Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) partner will be demanded for use on the Government estate - appropriate documentation will be required to prove it. From 1 April 2015, only legal and sustainable timber would be demanded;
Clearly this is going to have an impact on traders and suppliers. Here are some of the issues identified by stakeholders at the consultation launch… have your say!
Implementation; let us know your experiences with government contracts what more can be done?
Do we need greater policing of government projects using timber?
Complexity of Chain of Custody practices for merchant and timber traders; suggestions for addressing these?
Eclusion of legality verification schemes and transition/stepwise certification programmes – how can we incorporate these and what is the impact of excluding them? Could changing the definition of sustainable sources to encompass transition/stepwise programmes be appropriate?
Small forest owners; proving legality and sustainability without the need for certification, what can be done?
Consultation process: ends 27th September
Written submissions to CPET during the 12 week consultation period (details available http://proforest.test.textmatters.com/cpet/resolveuid/7ed891a4cc985e45422c02124296bede).
These comments will be considered as part of the development of recommendations for practical implementation.