The rights of local communities and their involvement in forest governance in Central and West Africa is being celebrated by us today, on the International Day of Forests.
Lawyers and associates from ClientEarth have been training members of civil society in Ivory Coast on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the EU’s law to address the issue of illegal logging. This training made headlines on Ivorian TV.
Today marks the four-year anniversary of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the EU’s law to address illegal logging. This year has seen some great advances, but more work is needed on enforcement of the law.
This issue of the EUTR newsletter provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, on it’s fourth anniversary, from March 2016 to March 2017.
This week ClientEarth spoke in court in support of the Polish Ombudsman, in a case challenging the Polish Environment Minister’s decision to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest.
“Our work has started a shift; where legal arguments previously ended conversations, now our partners in Ghana call themselves ‘pocket lawyers’ and engage more confidently in discussions to make
stronger forest laws.”
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