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LIFE - Support EUTR II - Enabling Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation in 6 Key Timber Importing Countries

LIFE18 GIE/DK/000763


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Contact details:

Contact person: Jan Feil
Tel: 4528219103
Email: jpf@nepcon.org



Project description:

Background

Tropical forests cover only 6 % of the worlds surface area, but contain half to three-quarters of the earths plant and animal species. Loss of habitats and biodiversity threatens the survival of some of the worlds most endangered primates, while forests have a crucial role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Illegal logging in nine forest producer countries was estimated to have released 190 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2013.

The main drivers of illegal logging are weak forest governance in producer countries and the importing of timber products by consumer countries without sufficient checks on whether they have been legally sourced.

The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) took effect in 2013, making it illegal to place timber onthe EU market if it was illegal in the country of harvest, and requiring companies to implement due diligence measures to reduce the risk of illegal timber entering the EU.

A 2017 report on EUTR compliance checks showed that 40 % of timber exporters did not have appropriate due diligence systems in place, compared to only 8 % of domestic operators. The report also revealed a huge disparity between how EU countries monitor operators that place imported timber on the EU market. Some countries that import significant quantities of tropical high-risk timber carry out very few checks, creating a loophole, with companies knowing they will face minimal or no checks in some countries. The only way to close this loophole is to ensure adequate enforcement across the EU.


Objectives

The overall objective of the LIFE - Support EUTR II project is to reduce illegal logging and improve sustainable forest management globally through improved compliance, monitoring and enforcement of the EUTR by key duty holders.

The specific objectives are:

  • to increase the capacity of key stakeholders to understand, comply with, monitor and enforce the EUTR requirements, especially in EU countries where the greatest impact can be made;
  • to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of EUTR compliance, monitoring and enforcement through increased availability and quality of free information about compliance risks related to imported timber;
  • to increase awareness among key stakeholders about the availability of free EUTR information and resources.
  • The project will complement a previous project by aiming to close remaining gaps in EUTR implementation, with a specific focus on competent authorities, monitoring organisations and industry operators in critical timber-importing countries.


    Results

    Expected results: EUTR compliance will be measured at the start of the project through a survey of operators, monitoring organisations and competent authorities. The survey will be repeated at the project end to determine behaviour changes.

    Specific expected results are:

    • increased capacity of key stakeholders to comply with the EUTR, measured by: - a 25 % increase in the number of companies in 6 key countries with due diligence systems that meets EUTR requirements; - six competent authorities and 10 monitoring organisations will demonstrate increased capacity to enforce the EUTR;
    • - a 60 % increase in EUTR compliance efficiency and effectiveness among operators, monitoring organisations and competent authorities resulting from increased availability and quality of timber risk information, measured on the basis of assessment of behaviour changes;
    • a doubling of the awareness of participating key stakeholders about the availability of free information and resources on imported timber risks, measured by increased use by operators of project resources during their monitoring and compliance checks;
    • input to policy updates through coordination with relevant stakeholders and networks (such as competent authorities and the European Commissions EUTR expert group) in order to inform them of known problems with EUTR compliance and to provide suggestions on how to tackle compliance issues;
    • input to development of policy through active sharing with relevant policy development projects, initiatives and stakeholder groups lessons learned in EUTR implementation, which could be applied when developing similar types of legislation around other forest impact commodities, such as soy and palm oil.


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Information - Governance - Improved legislative compliance and enforcement


Keywords

environmental friendly procurement‚  environmental law‚  information system‚  environmental awareness


Target EU Legislation

  • Industry and Product Policy
  • Regulation 995/2010 - Obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Nature Economy and People Connected F.M.B.A

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Project reference LIFE18 GIE/DK/000763
Duration 01-JUL-2019 to 30-JUN -2022
Total budget 2,445,790.00 €
EU contribution 1,344,637.00 €
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