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China develops guidelines for due diligence on timber imports from Papua New Guinea

Guidelines on mitigating risk when procuring tropical hardwood from Papua New Guinea for Chinese enterprises was the topic of discussion in a workshop held by the Center for International Trade in Forest Products, the China State Forestry Administration and The Nature Conservancy in Beijing on 7 November. 

The aim of these guidelines is to help Chinese enterprises conduct due diligence when sourcing wood from Papua New Guinea. The guidelines can be linked to China's timber legality verification system. 

During the workshop, participants from government agencies, research institutions and civil society assessed the guidelines and offered feedback for the final version of the document. Suggestions included improving its practical applicability, clarifying how Chinese enterprises can verify documents from Papua New Guinea, and targeting users of the guidelines better. In 2014, a company will be selected to roll out the final version of the guidelines.