March 2020 Message from Lead Consultant
IMM publishes H2/2019 summary newsletter
The latest IMM PDF newsletter summarising IMM activities and research undertaken or published in the second half of 2019 can now be found in the Resources section of the IMM website. Highlights covered include an update of VPA partner country trade to September 2019, which concludes that FLEGT-licensed products have recently been the biggest winners in the EU tropical wood market, summaries of several chapters of the IMM Annual Report and reports from the IMM Trade Consultation in Barcelona.
The newsletter also includes interviews with Keith Fryer on his company ecolabel that treats FLEGT-licensed and certified timber as equal and Lucy Kemall on the UK Timber Trade Federation's FLEGT promotion programme.
Translations of the newsletter to French and Bahasa will be distributed and published on the IMM website in March. Use the subscription box on our home page to subscribe to IMM PDF and e-newsletters.
New VPA partner profiles on IMM website
The IMM website now features detailed profiles of all VPA partner countries that are either implementing a VPA or have reached the FLEGT Licensing stage. The profiles include overviews of countries’ forestry sectors, timber industry and trends in global trade in timber and timber products as well as more detailed analysis of trade with the European Union. The profiles also contain a summary of each country’s progress in VPA implementation. More country reports of currently still negotiating countries will be added as soon as the VPA with the EU is signed and work to implement a FLEGT Licensing system is underway.