The EU Action Plan on FLEGT sets out processes and measures to reduce the marketing of illegal timber into the EU, to improve the supply of legal timber and to increase the demand for timber sourced from responsibly managed forests.
It builds co-operation between producers (mainly developing countries) and consumers (EU and other major importers like USA, Australia, China etc.) through interrelated efforts in development cooperation, environment and trade policies.
Today, Her Excellency Dr. Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia, and Ambassador Tombiński, Permanent Representative of the EU to FAO, together, shared the success of the 18 months of FLEGT licensing in Indonesia : 40 000 shipments of licensed timber to the EU representing EUR 1,2 billion worth of verified timber !
This is just a beginning, said Ambassador Tombiński, the systems needs further visibility and confidence. Credibility is a key ingredient to make timber trade more competitive and trustworthy for the signatory countries of FLEGT.