From: WWF
Published April 22, 2009 03:39 PM

Illegal wood soon excluded from EU markets

Strasbourg / Brussels — WWF has welcomed today’s decision by the European Parliament to support strict rules to eliminate illegally harvested wood from the European market.

Based on today’s vote all companies in the wood supply chain will have to provide information about the source of the products they trade in the EU, one of the main markets for wood products. This will contribute to stop trade of illegally harvested wood and related products.

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"Illegal logging is a major culprit for the increasing destruction of precious tropical forests and takes away a valuable source of income from local communities," says Anke Schulmeister, Forests Policy Officer at WWF. "As a major producer and importer of timber, the EU has a key role to play for preservation of forests worldwide. It is only fair that companies are requested to install systems proving that the timber they sell is legal, respect the environment and the rights of local people. This must go together with adequate sanctions."

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