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October 2019 Message from Lead Consultant

New IMM study on Forest Sector investment
Key findings of a new IMM study on FLEGT impact on forest sector investment include that while investors recognise the risk mitigating potential of FLEGT, they see little real impact to date. The study covers VPA implementing (including Viet Nam and Honduras) and FLEGT-licensing VPA partner countries and is intended to provide a baseline for monitoring potential impacts of FLEGT VPA implementation and FLEGT-licensing on investment decisions in the forest and timber sector. The study finds that in theory, FLEGT hosts an array of activities and tools that enhance forest sector attractiveness for investments by reducing typical risks. All investors interviewed for the study recognised this risk mitigating potential of FLEGT. However, according to the study, most of these risk-mitigating characteristics only materialise when a VPA becomes fully operational. Moreover, the importance of risks associated with weak law enforcement and governance structure is rated lower by investors than more specific technical and economic project risks. 
Read the full report here. 

IMM H1/2019 summary newsletter published
The IMM project has published a newsletter summarizing highlights of its research and activities as well as other news published during the first half of 2019. It includes key findings of recently published IMM studies of EU Member States green public procurement policies and the role of FLEGT and FLEGT in EU wood promotion programmes, gives insight into discussions with the private sector during the Antwerp trade consultation and provides more details about the upcoming Consultation in Barcelona on 7 October. The newsletter also contains an update of EU-VPA partner country tropical timber trade trends and a more detailed update on trade in FLEGT-licensed timber from Indonesia, among other things.

 

 

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