Green Protectionism and the Lacey Act

April 2011 – A Submission by World Growth

The US Lacey Act is heavy-handed in its approach. Regulatory intervention under the Act is justified under the presumption that high levels of illegally sourced wood products are entering the US market. In reality, this is not the case. This view has been propagated by a political campaign aimed to protect uncompetitive industry. Impartial assessment of the issues is needed before the US Government considers widening the scope of these amendments. The limited assessments that so far have been Continue reading

US Lacey Act – A Green Trade Barrier Harms The Developing World’s Poor

Implementation of the Lacey Act’s new provisions uses the specter of illegal deforestation to protect domestic industry

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, World Growth submitted formal comments to the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) review of the implementation of the revised Lacey Act provisions. World Growth concluded that the new amendments passed in 2008 to expand the scope of the Lacey Act to include wood, paper and timber products, are de facto trade barriers, imposing costly and burdensome regulations for entry into the US market, while only benefitting uncompetitive domestic industries. Continue reading

Forestry and Poverty Project Newsletter – Issue 22, April 2011

WWF Plans to Dictate What People Buy

WWF recently reiterated its target to achieve a 20 per cent reduction in per capita consumption of paper products in OECD countries by 2020. The tool is to be its ‘Market Transformation Initiative’ (MTI) which aims to pressure processors and retailers to corrupt the supply chain to limit availability of products of which WWF disapproves. Continue reading

Curb On Forest Use May Cost Indonesia 3.5m New Jobs A Year

Jakarta Post,

International aid programs intended to curb the expansion of forest-related industries in Indonesia will likely deprive the country of an opportunity to create 3.5 million new jobs annually and reduce export revenues, a new report claims. Continue reading