‘2012 is going to be a busy year’, was the general conclusion at the Illegal Logging stakeholder meeting at Chatham House in early February, and yes it certainly is promising to be a busy year. Getting ready to ensure compliance with the EU Timber Regulation requirements when it comes into force in March 2013 can be a challenge.
Since our last update in January we have been busy responding to enquiries related to the EU Timber Regulation, in many cases helping to clarify if the new legislation applies to a product type or not. We have provided a page here listing products covered and also not covered and clarifying how you can check. A FAQ page has also been added for EUTR regulation related questions.
A FLEGT licence or a CITES permit/certificate is currently the only 'green lane' to proving legality for the purposes of the EU Timber Regulation. We have added a page on what CITES is and what tree species are CITES listed. You can download our new leaflet on what the FLEGT regulation is and how it will work here, which is based on the latest Briefing Note on FLEGT regulation (February 2012) from Defra.
A well attended CPET workshop was held on 3rd February. The next workshop scheduled for the 30th March filled up very quickly but another workshop will now be scheduled for May/June in London, so keep an eye out for the date.
CPET’s Manager Sofie Tind Nielsen is off on maternity leave from the end of March and Joyce Lam will lead the CPET team and ensure a full cover in her absence. Sofie wishes everyone a great summer and she is looking forward to catching up when she is back after the summer.