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VPA countries visit China to share lessons on combating the illegal timber trade

Representatives of several countries with VPAs have visited China to share their experiences with Chinese policy makers and timber industry leaders. In the first meeting of its kind, delegates from Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Ghana, Indonesia, Liberia and the Republic of Congo attended a workshop in Beijing on 30–31 October to build international collaboration to stop illegal logging and related trade and to foster sustainable forest management. 

During the workshop, China described its efforts to encourage Chinese businesses overseas to adopt responsible forestry practices. It also demonstrated how Chinese enterprises are meeting international requirements for legally harvested timber. The full story, outcomes and presentations from the workshop are available here.