EU to ban illegal timber

An update on my earlier post about the UK’s plan to ban illegal timber. As others have commented, this looks like it will happen through an EU wide process, that is at last ready to go before the European parliament. I hear news on the grape vine that some European countries tried to water down the legislation so that, for instance, it only has real bite at the borders. I am too busy to follow up on all the details now, but whatever form the regulation takes it will be a good step forward, and wish it all god speed! It surely will persuade some timber companies to change their ways simply because they do not want to be on the wrong side of the law. As for the rest, well that will depend on enforcement. Unfortunately the record on fisheries and bushmeat is not so good.

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