About: logging

EU-Japan free trade deal threatens the fight for legal timber

While moves towards greater international cooperation are welcome, the EU’s growing number of new free trade deals must be scrutinised. And in the case of the Japan-EU free trade agreement, the deal’s impact on the fight against illegal timber is a pressing concern, writes Perrine Fournier.
Climate change 21-03-2018

Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act

A new feasibility study on options to fight deforestation will be a litmus test for the European Union’s commitment to halt deforestation by 2020, writes Nicole Polsterer.

EU asks top court to speed up case against Poland over logging

The European Commission has asked the European Court of Justice to speed up a case against Poland over logging in its ancient forest, which has continued despite an order by the bloc's top court to stop immediately, an official said.

EU court bans logging in Poland’s primeval forest

The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an emergency ban on logging in Poland’s protected Białowieża forest.

Commission takes Poland to court to stop logging in Białowieża

The European Commission has told Poland to stop large-scale logging in one of Europe's last primaeval forests and has sought a court order to make the country "suspend the works immediately".
Central Europe 06-07-2017

UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest

UNESCO on Wednesday (5 July) "strongly" urged Poland to stop logging the older parts of the ancient Białowieża forest, a world heritage site that includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.
Climate change 27-05-2016

Poland approves logging in primeval forest

Polish environmental authorities have given the go-ahead for substantial logging in Europe’s last primeval forest, despite protests from environmental groups and the EU. EURACTIV’s partner Joural de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 28-04-2016

The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest

The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.
Global Europe 03-06-2015

Report: Logging companies plundering Congo’s rainforest

The Democratic Republic of Congo's biggest logging companies are systematically violating national laws to plunder Congo's forests, undermining efforts to protect the world's second largest rainforest, a campaign group said on Wednesday (3 June).
Development Policy 11-03-2014

Liberian campaigner calls for EU action on logging law dodgers

EXCLUSIVE / An award-winning Liberian environmental campaigner has called on the EU to act against at least 16 member states which have still not implemented a timber regulation to combat illegal logging, a year after it came into force.
Development Policy 07-03-2014

Poor laws to fight illegal logging threaten good governance

The first licenses to trade timber in the EU under Voluntary Partnership Agreements should be issued later this year but a lack of resources and financial backing for enforcing the EU Timber Regulation could make the whole process dysfunctional, warns Eoin Brady.
Development Policy 02-07-2013

Côte d’Ivoire cracks down on illegal wood bound for EU

Côte d'Ivoire is clearing tens of thousands of cocoa farmers from protected forests, threatening exports from the world's top grower and leading to complaints about human rights abuses. The European Union is the major export market for the wood.

New EU rules target transparency of oil, gas revenues

The EU has adopted new laws aimed at increasing the transparency of government income from the oil and gas industry, in a move poverty campaigner and U2 frontman Bono called a "game-changing breakthrough" on corruption in resource-rich developing countries.
Health 05-03-2013

Brussels introduces rules to combat illegal logging

European rules to combat the trade of illegal timber have come into force, but NGOs and think tanks doubt the readiness of EU countries to carry out the legislation.
Climate change 08-07-2010

Parliament vote seals ban on illegal timber

The European Parliament yesterday (7 July) backed a compromise to close EU markets to illegal timber.
Climate change 17-06-2010

EU deal signals ban on illegal timber

After years of debate, EU legislators yesterday (16 June) reached a deal to ban illegal timber from entering the common market as of 2012.