Combating illegal timber trade


How can trade policies promote and support governance reforms in developing countries so that forest resources contribute to sustainable development? A panel discussion on the FLEGT initiative hoped to provide an answer to this question. The session, moderated by Jussi Viitanen, Head of the EU FLEGT and REDD Facilities at the European Forest Institute, took place at the recent WTO Public Forum in Geneva. This is the World Trade Organization’s largest annual outreach event bringing together 1500 participants, including trade and development practitioners from civil society, business, governments, the media, inter-governmental organisations and academia.


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