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Efforts gathered to fight illegal logging

2016-04-07

On Tuesday, 5 of April, the Ministry of Environment, the State Forest Service, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance and the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority signed a cooperation agreement for implementation of the so called Timber Regulation. The agreement will contribute to combatting illegal logging.

Issues in the field of illegal logging are of most relevance to Lithuania and great many countries world over. Intentions to profit from timber regardless of the price leads to deforestation, reduces biodiversity, accounts for approximately 20%of the global greenhouse gas emissions, without even getting into social, political, and economic effects, which often prove an obstacle for the development of society.

All the EU Member States seeking to combat illegal logging have proceeded, in 2013, to the application of the so called Timber Regulation, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council back in 2010. The Regulation concerns duties imposed on operators supplying timber and its products to the EU market for the first time. Essential objective of the regulation is to protect the EU market from timber processed illegally and timber products.

The institutions parties to the above agreement committed to exchange information on the operators, to offer assistance and consulting to each other, to cooperate in arranging measures on implementation of the Timber Rgulation, etc.

Communication Division
07/04/2016

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas