Is Russian Forest Sector Ready for the New International Rules on Timber Legality?
On March 31, 2011, a round table "Improvement of the Legal Regulation of Environmentally Sustainable Forest Management and Measures for Preventing the Trade of Illegal Timber and Products in View of the New Legislative Initiatives of the United States and the European Union" will be held. The main purpose of this event, organized by WWF and the Committee of Nature Use and Ecology of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be to discuss measures aimed at effectively stopping the trade in illegal timber.
Participating in this event will be representatives of the Council of the Federation, the State Duma, RF Government, stakeholder ministries and agencies, EU states, China, USA, World Bank, government executive branches and businesses from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, forest sector companies as well as academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.
What were the legislative measures adopted by the European Union and the United States to prevent the import of illegal timber to these countries? What are the implications of these new developments for the Russian companies? Is Russia‚Äôs forest sector ready to respond to such new international requirements? What should be done in Russia to ensure the legality of exported timber and enhance competitiveness of the country‚Äôs forest sector at the international market? These and many other questions will be discussed at the round table in order to work out a set of practical recommendations on measures to guarantee that only legally harvested timber and products will be exported from Russia. Guidelines will also be provided on the joint actions of Russia, the United States and the European Union aimed at a more effective implementation of the international legislation in this area.
The round table will be held under the ENPI FLEG Program "Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the European Neighbourhood Policy East Countries and Russia" that is being carried out with support from the European Commission.