The EGILAT has endeavored to achieve its goal to enhance the efforts of member economies to take steps to combat illegal logging and associated trade, promote trade in legally harvested forest products, and support capacity building activities in member economies, since its establishment in 2011.
A number of achievements have been made:
- Finalized two milestone documents: the APEC EGILAT Timber Legality Guidance Template and the APEC Common Understanding of the Scope of Illegal Logging and Associated Trade, which paved the way for the mutual understanding of each economy’s laws or regulations relating to identify illegal logging and associated trade. The documents will also provide greater transparency and clarity to members of the private sector and civil society that are engaged in efforts to promote legal wood production and trade;
- Conducted information sharing sessions among members and relevant international/regional organizations during its meetings to learn from each other the policies, regulations, experience and best practices in combatting illegal logging and associated trade;
- Held joint meetings with SCCP and ACTWG to explore areas of common interests and possible approaches for cooperation to synergize the work in combatting illegal logging and associated trade among forestry, customs and law enforcement authorities;
- Engaged the private sector and held private-sector dialogue with forestry industries from a range of APEC and relevant non-APEC economies to discuss about the market responses to legality requirements in the global marketplace, and new technologies and tools for legal trade in forest products;
- Completed a couple of self-funded projects, e.g. the Workshop on Developing Timber Legality Assurance Systems, and the Training Workshop on Enhancing Forest Governance in the Context of Timber Legality Verification, to build capacity in APEC economies to improve the governance and management of the logging industry, and thereby reduce illegal logging and illicit trade.
EGILAT members also worked with the APFNet in conducting the Assessment of Progress towards the 2020 APEC Forest Cover Goal. The report of the assessment is finalized in October 2015 and could be accessed here.