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International Update Volume 46, Issue 27

INDONESIA TO BE THE FIRST TO USE NEW EU TIMBER CERTIFICATION

EU, Indonesia

The European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade Action Plan is a trade policy intended to reduce the importation of illegally logged timber and to promote sustainable, legal forest management. In 2013, after 6 years of negotiations, Indonesia signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) under the Plan, agreeing to export only verified legal timber products. This past spring, Indonesia entered the final stages of fulfilling its VPA requirements, and in November it will become the first country to export licensed wood products to the EU.

CITES ANNOUNCES NEW TRADE BAN ON PANGOLINS

Member States to the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ruled in favor of a global trade ban for pangolins. All eight species of pangolin are now listed under Appendix I of CITES, which prohibits all commercial international trade of these most endangered species. Until last week, all pangolin species has been listed under Appendix II, which controls the trade of listed species, although trade in the four Asian pangolin species had been given a zero quota, essentially banning trade of these species.

WORLD GETS CLOSER TO AN INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE DEAL

EU, India

On Friday, European Union ministers agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement, a commitment that could help push the international agreement into effect. And India ratified the agreement over the weekend. The European Parliament will vote on the decision this week, which then needs to be endorsed by the Ministers. The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries accounting for at least 55% of global carbon emissions have ratified the accord.