Supporting the EU in addressing illegal timber trade through demand-side measures

Supporting the European Commission in monitoring the implementation and enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation

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Briefing note on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulations, February 2018 - March 2018

Briefing note on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulations, November 2017 - January 2018

Briefing note on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulations, August 2017 – October 2017

Briefing note on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulations, June 2017 – July 2017

Briefing note on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulations, April 2017 – June 2017

Briefing note on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulations, December 2016 – March 2017

Can we help you?

The Challenge

Illegal logging and associated trade is a global isue of major concern. It threatens forests and biodiversity, and undermines sustainable forest management and development.

The EUTR, which came into force in 2013, aims to reduce the devestating effects of illegal timber trade. It prohibits illegally harvested timber, or products derived from such timber, being placed onto the market in the EU. 

Companies that place timber or timber products onto the EU market for the first time have to implement the EUTR by exercising due diligence; they must minimise the risk that timber was illegally harvested or that timber products contain such timber.

Member States' authorities are taked with enforcing the implementation of the EUTR nationally, and with assisting the Commission to achieve uniform implementation across the EU. 

To achieve this, authorities need access to relevant and accurate information, such as on timber source countries, national legal frameworks and EUTR enforcement or trade patterns. However, this information can be difficult to access and national capacity to carry out assessments is often insufficient. 

Our solution & impact

We work closely with the European Commission and EU Member States' Competent Authorities to support the assessment of the implementation and enforcement of the EUTR. 

We also assist national authorities by providing well-researched syntheses of relevant information and access to key data, to help inform their implementation of the Regulation. 

This includes:

  • We conduct analysis of national reports on EUTR that are produced by EU Member States and European Free Trade Association countries, and national reports on the FLEGT licensing scheme
  • We produce bi-monthly briefing notes which provide a summary of recent developments relevant to EUTR, enabling the Competent Authorities and the wider public to be kept up to date on key events 
  • We develop country overviews that hold information on source countries relevant for the implementation of EUTR, such as forest status, timber trade statistics, risk of illegality and relevant national legislation 
  • We assist the Commission in analysing Member States' national reports on EUTR and FLEGT implementation and enforcement
  • We provide analyses in a number of aspects relating to EUTR and FLEGT, including timber trade into and within the EU, EUTR and FLEGT implementing legislation in Member States, as well as a variety of topics of emerging concern or relevance. 

Expertise & Team

Our team combines scientific and technical expertise in the fields of timber trade analysis, working with businesses, international biodiversity trade related legislation, information synthesis and national report analysis to support the implementation of international agreements and regulations, including EUTR and FLEGT.

Satu glaser

Satu Glaser

Project Lead, Senior Programme Officer

Kelly malsch

Kelly Malsch

Head of Species Programme

Emily king

Emily King

Programme Officer

Aly pavitt

Aly Pavitt

Programme Officer

Pablo sinovas

Pablo Sinovas

Senior Programme Officer

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Liz Womack

Senior Programme Officer

Katharina bieberstein 2

Katharina Rogalla von Bieberstein

Environmental Legal Specialist

Sophie banks crop

Sophie Banks

Associate Programme Officer

Will chadwick

Will Chadwick

Associate Programme Officer

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Sebastian Bekker

Associate Programme Officer

Partners & Donors

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