This project was a small consultancy for the MCPFE and it has three objectives. The first objective was to provide an overview on regional political processes, which consider the issue of illegal logging (Africa FLEG, Asia FLEG, G8, WSSD, and others). What are the main findings, including political commitments, legal instruments put in place, and others? The second objective was to provide an overview on existing information, the results of research projects, reports, regulations, etc. in Europe about illegal logging issues.
Support Study for the Development of the Non-legislative Acts as Provided for in the EU Timber Regulation
The project aimed to identify the most efficient ways to fulfil the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation with respect to risk assessment systems and the role of monitoring organizations, taking into account in particular relevant best practices.
Impacts of Reduction of Illegal Logging in European Russia on the EU and European Russia Forest Sector and Trade
The main objectives of the study were to extend the existing knowledge of the nature and magnitude of illegal logging in Western part of Russia, to analyse the effectiveness of existing instruments regarding the exclusion of illegally logged timber from the EU market, and to analyse the impacts of potential changes in the forest products chain in the European Union as a result of implementing a Voluntary Partnership Agreement, due to a reduction of illegal logging in European Russia or diversion of trade to other markets.
The objective of the Global Timber Tracking Network (GTTN) is to promote the operationalization of innovative tools for wood identification and origin determination to verify trade claims, to
Assessment of the Impact of Potential Further Measures to Prevent the Importation or Placing on the Market of Illegally Harvested Timber or Products Derived from such Timber
This study presented in qualitative and " to the extent possible " quantitative terms the likely economic (including administrative), social and environmental impacts of the four options that had been identified to better address the problem of entry of illegally harvested timber and timber products to the EU market. These options were: