SFI Applauds EU’S New Illegal Logging Rules

March 8th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®), applauded the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which took effect March 3 and prohibits illegally harvested timber or products derived from such timber to be brought in the European Union.

“Illegal logging undermines responsible forest governance, damages wildlife habitat, and reduces the potential for forests to provide stable supplies of products and support local communities,” Abusow said. “The EUTR, just like the U.S. Lacey Act, is an important regulatory tool to address illegal logging and enable legal global trade in forest products.”

“The European Commission has recognized that forest certification programs can be an important tool to help suppliers meet EUTR requirements,” she added. “Products certified to forest certification standards, including PEFC and SFI, are demonstrating they have mechanisms in place to avoid illegal fiber in the supply chain, and are committed to promoting responsible forestry.”

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