€20 million to support legal logging scheme

The European Commission has come forward with €20m to combat illegal logging and prevent EU imports of illegally logged timber. The money will support an action plan, known as Flegt, adopted by the Commission in 2003 and intended to encourage countries to ensure their timber is legally harvested. The Flegt action plan was backed up this year by proposals for an EU regulation and a voluntary licensing scheme, under which timber exporters would have to prove their wood is not from endangered forests (EED 21/07/04). See press releases from Commission and Greenpeace.

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