The EU is delaying implementation of a ‘Voluntary Partnership Agreement’ (VPA) with Indonesia on illegal timber exports. Indonesia has complied with EU demands at significant cost, but the delays mean Indonesia’s exporters will now have to comply with a different, more costly system of regulation. This report examines the implications. Continue reading
JAKARTA – Free trade NGO World Growth says that delays by the EU to finalise a bilateral illegal logging agreement with Indonesia is putting more than 18 million livelihoods at stake. In a new report published today the group says Indonesia is entitled to consider economic retaliation. Continue reading
Norway’s REDD Program Still Missing the Mark
The Norwegian Government has pledged that it will spend around USD500 million on preventing tropical deforestation in 2013, an increase of around 12 per cent on its spending in 2012. Yet Norway’s spending on tropical forests has thus far been hit and miss, according to its own internal reports.
Australian illegal logging bill passes House
Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill was passed by the House of Representatives last month and is now before the Senate. The passing of the Bill has prompted a backlash from Australia’s major trading partners, including Indonesia. Continue reading
Forest certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been surrounded by controversy since its inception. Most of the controversy has been generated by activist organisations publicly attacking private sector forest operators that are implementing FSC certification. There are no other industrial standards or environmental management standards that are subject to as much controversy. Continue reading
Ambassador Oxley warned last week that organized labor and environmental groups threaten to derail the free trade agreement being negotiated through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP). Continue reading
Pro-development group says campaigners want more ‘green tape’ that will squeeze margins and kill growth
HONG KONG – Pro-development NGO World Growth has delivered a stinging rebuke of policies backed by environmental organisations such as WWF and Greenpeace that want to impose higher costs on pulp producers and forest operators at a time when the global economy is weak and commodity markets are fragile.
World Growth Chairman Alan Oxley on Bloomberg’s ‘First Up’, discussing the upcoming APEC summit, regional trade currents and concerns over illegal logging rules stymieing exports from developing countries. See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGvLqoVxTVY&feature=youtu.be
Green EU Priorities in Indonesia Neglect Economic Development
The European Union (EU) has proudly announced that it spends more than half of its aid budget in Indonesia on environment-related programs – more than three times its expenditure on education, more than five times its expenditure on health, nutrition water and sanitation combined, and almost seven times the spending on economic development and trade. Continue reading
Gibson Guitar has settled with US law enforcement officials over alleged procurement of illegal wood under the US Lacey Act, according to a US Department of Justice press release. The settlement of the high-profile case has received international coverage in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.