About the EU-China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance


What is the Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM)?

The EU and China established a Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in 2009, following an EU-China Forest Law Enforcement and Governance conference in Beijing in 2007. Through the BCM, the EU and China work together to stop illegal logging and the associated trade in illegal timber globally. The BCM is a forum for policy dialogue, and a mechanism for sharing information on policies and legal frameworks, and for coordinating initiatives to stop illegal logging and associated trade.

 

Representatives of the EU and China sign the Bilateral Coordination Mechanism Agreement in Brussels on 30 January 2009

Representatives of the EU and China sign the Bilateral Coordination Mechanism Agreement in Brussels, 30 January 2009

 

How does the BCM work?

Under the BCM, China and the EU meet each year to share information on policy and discuss activities. China is represented by the State Forestry Administration and the EU is represented by the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission. 

At the meetings, the two parties discuss areas of mutual interest and agree on annual work plans that contribute to the policy objectives of the BCM. All work plans are available in the Official documents section. The Chinese Academy of Forestry and the EU FLEGT Facility jointly manage activities set out in the work plans. They regularly report progress to China and the EU, and conduct mid-term evaluations of work plans.

The BCM frames an integrated set of activities which are carried out through the annual work plans. The EU Member States closely coordinate their work on forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) with the European Commission to ensure it supports BCM objectives. One important example of this work is the International Foreign Investment and Trade (InFIT) project of the UK Department for International Development’s Forest, Governance, Markets and Climate programme.

Read about the BCM’s past and current activities.

8th meeting of the EU-China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance, in March 2017