Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade

The 21 APEC economies account for 2.19 billion hectares of forest cover over 50 per cent of the world’s forests. APEC economies also engage in a significant amount of trade in forest products. This represents approximately 80 per cent of the international trade in such products.

In 2010, APEC Leaders pledged to enhance cooperation to address concerns with illegal logging and associate trade and to promote sustainable forest management and rehabilitation. In 2011, APEC ministers responsible for trade directed officials to establish an experts group to promote trade in legally harvested forest products, combat illegal logging and associated trade, and build capacity. In the same year, at the APEC Leaders’ meeting in Hawaii in 2011, Leaders committed to work to implement appropriate measures to prohibit trade in illegally harvested forest products and undertake additional activities in APEC to combat illegal logging and associated trade. Under this background, APEC Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) was created in 2011 to implement the above mission and the first EGILAT meeting was held in 2012.

The Goal of EGILAT

EGILAT’s Terms of Reference provides that the group’s overall goal is to enhance the efforts of member economies to take concrete steps to combat* illegal logging and associated trade, promote trade in legally harvested forest products, and support capacity building activities in member economies.

(*As per the EGILAT Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2022 endorsed in 2018, the term “combat” also includes strategies and activities to prevent illegal logging and associated trade, which may be included in the annual work plan of EGILAT. In considering what activities are included within the scope, consideration should be given to the Term of Reference of EGILAT and Leaders’ and Ministers’ directives.)

Timber Legality Guidance Documents

In 2014, EGILAT members have agreed to develop a compendium of timber legality guidance documents, to promote the trade in legally harvested forest products within the APEC region. These documents were intended to provide clarity and transparency for businesses, government and civil groups on what constitutes legal and illegally logged timber within individual APEC economies.

Looking Ahead

In 2018, EGILAT members endorsed the EGILAT Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2022 to guide its work over the next five years. Member economies look forward to EGILAT to seek to enhance the efforts of its member economies to take concrete steps to combat illegal logging and associated trade and promote the trade in legally harvested forest products including through capacity building activities in member economies, and thereby contribute to APEC’s primary goal to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, including the goal of APEC Leaders to increase forest cover in the region by at least 20 million hectares by 2020.

Last page update: October 2018

Current Activities

The expert group meets twice a year, usually on the margins of the Senior Officials’ Meetings. It also regularly hosts supporting workshops and stakeholder dialogue meetings.

EGILAT meetings:

2018

13th EGILAT

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

finished

 

14th EGILAT

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

 

finished

2019

15th EGILAT

Santiago, Chile

 

 

 

EGILAT workshops:

2018

Multistakeholder Dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Best Practices to Promote Legal Trade of Wood Products (EGILAT 01 2018S)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

finished

2019

Workshop to Share Experience, Knowledge and Challenges on Implementation of Tools for Combating and Preventing Illegal Logging Activities and Associated Trade (EGILAT 01 2018A)

Santiago, Chile

 

 

 

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Dr. Putera Parthama

Director General of Sustainable Management of Production Forest of Indonesia
p_parthama@yahoo.com

Ms LIU Zhongzhen

Program Director
lzz@apec.org