G8 deal on illegal logging fails to impress EU

Environment and development ministers from the Group of Eight rich nations last week agreed to counter illegal logging. The statement calls for industrialised countries to stop import and marketing of illegally logged timber and to support developing countries' efforts to improve forest governance. EU development commissioner Louis Michel expressed "disappointment" at the "lack of new concrete outcomes". Last year the European Commission proposed a similar, but more specific EU action plan on the problem (EED 21/07/04). See press release and reactions from the European Commission and Greenpeace.

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