04 May '11, 11pm

Reading - Indonesia signs agreement with EU to end the sale of illegally logged wood (@Mongabay)

Reading - Indonesia signs agreement with EU to end the sale of illegally logged wood (@Mongabay)

Indonesia and the EU reach agreement on illegal wood trade (04/17/2011) A new agreement will work to keep illegal wood from Indonesia out of European Union markets. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) will force Indonesia to only ship wood to the EU that has been approved as legal by a national authority, while EU customs workers are set to send any unapproved wood back to Indonesia. The VPA is a step forward in tackling the illegal timber market in Indonesia that is estimated to be worth $1 billion and has been responsible, in part, for leveling rainforests across the Indonesia islands. Pro-deforestation group calls for weakening of U.S. law against illegal logging (04/14/2011) A group that lobbies on behalf of forestry conglomerates in Indonesia and Malaysia is calling on the U.S. to roll back legislation intended to fight illegal logging. World Growth Internationa...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0504-hance_vpa.html

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