IMM telah merilis laporan tentang “Mitra FLEGT VPA dalam Perdagangan Kayu Uni-Eropa (UE) 2017” yang menggunakan data terbaru untuk menilai perubahan posisi pasar negara-negara mitra VPA dalam perdagangan kayu internasional. Sejak Indonesia pertama kali menerbitkan lisensi pada November 2016, inilah laporan IMM perdana yang mencakup periode ketersediaan kayu berlisensi FLEGT di pasar UE. Ini juga merupakan Laporan Tahunan IMM pertama dimana IMM memiliki akses atasdata survei komprehensif dari seluruh koresponden di tujuh negara UE yang mencakup sebagian besar (lebih dari 90%) impor kayu tropis dan hasil hutan kayu oleh berbagai negara mitra VPA dari UE.
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A new study of EU Member State public procurement policies and their recognition of FLEGT Licences found that twenty-two EU member states now possess some form of public procurement policy for products containing or made from wood. They vary significantly in terms of their definition of criteria, coverage of products, applicability to different levels of government and whether they are voluntary or mandatory. However, they all require, or at least encourage, government buyers to source legal and often sustainable, timber.
As a part of the IMM implementation process, ITTO is seeking IMM Correspondents in Vietnam and Congo Republic. The correspondents will be part of IMM's team of independent country correspondents currently active in Ghana, Indonesia as well as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.
The next IMM Trade Consultation takes place in Barcelona on October 7. It will give participants from Spain and across the EU the opportunity to hear and discuss the latest on the FLEGT VPA initiative and tropical timber trade flows, notably from VPA partner countries. Given the interest of the Spanish timber sector, there will be a particular focus on VPA developments in Africa. The event is supported by the Spanish Timber Trade Federation (AEIM) and the EFI FLEGT Facility and will be held at the latter’s headquarters on the historic Sant Pau Art Nouveau site.
The attitudes of architects and specifiers on FLEGT Licensing will be the focus of the next EU FLEGT IMM market study. The rationale is that architects are widely regarded as key gatekeepers to the construction sector. They directly specify materials for buildings and can strongly influence client choice and overall design trends. In particular, the profession, as clearly reflected in architectural media, has a strong buy-in on environmental issues and is leading and shaping trends in low-carbon, sustainable construction.
The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), the China Timber & Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA), together with the Centre for International Forest Products Trade, National Forestry and Grassland Administration (CINFT NFGA), and the International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT) will jointly organize a one-week international forum “Together towards Global Green Supply Chains - a Forest Products Industry Initiative”. The event takes place from 22-25 October in Shanghai and Huzhou and aims to promote the advancement of legal and sustainable supply chains and related benefits such as poverty alleviation, creation of employment, economic growth, income generation and contributions to climate change mitigation.
IMM has published a new scoping study on forest sector investment in VPA implementing (including Viet Nam and Honduras) and FLEGT-licensing VPA partner countries. The study 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.
Forest sector investments are realized by a diverse set of investors. They all have the common aim to generate returns from economic activities related to forest management and wood processing. The underlying assumption of the study is that implementation of FLEGT VPAs attracts legal and sustainable forest sector investments, while reducing informal and illegal economic activities in the sector.
The EU IMM Barcelona Trade Consultation gave voice to a range of Spanish trade opinion on prospects for VPA partner timber and market requirements for legality and sustainability assurance.
The opening workshop of the Barcelona consultation gave delegates the chance to discuss the state and outlook for FLEGT licensed timber; the challenges and opportunities, market constraints and how to tackle them. Titled “Trends in demand for VPA partner timber – Background, Reasons and Solutions”, the context for discussion was set by IMM Trade Analyst Rupert Oliver. He provided a statistical snapshot of the international market for timber from VPA partner and competing countries, with a particular focus on exports to the EU.
Like all manufacturing and construction materials and products, timber has to meet customer and specifier criteria on price, quality, performance and availability. But arguably more than most competing materials, it also has increasingly to satisfy procurement policy requirements on proof of legality and sustainability.
Barcelona Workshop 3. Progress in African VPA implementation & Challenges facing EU companies in Africa
Ghana is at final joint assessment stage of its FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement and keen to promote its achievement, what it means on the ground and to counter ‘myths’ about the value of FLEGT. That was the message from Chris Beeko (pictured left) of the Ghana Forestry Commission, opening Workshop 3 of the Trade Consultation, which focused on FLEGT implementation progress in Africa and the experience of EU producers operating on the continent.
The question of where FLEGT stands in relation to voluntary third-party certification is frequently raised in discussions during IMM Trade Consultations and in interviews conducted as a part of IMM surveys. Is the FLEGT VPA process “a step backwards” because it focuses on demonstrating compliance to national forest laws rather than to international “sustainable forestry” principles that are the basis for forest certification systems? Or is the FLEGT process “better” than voluntary certification, because it is mandatory, better placed to achieve a broad national stakeholder consensus on forest management standards integrated with national regulatory and fiscal frameworks, and helps to ensure equitable access for all forest operators?
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