News archive 2011


EFI Policy Brief 5: 'Changing Markets’ published

The ‘EFI Policy Brief 5: Changing International Markets for Timber and Wood Products – Main Policy Instruments' has now been published in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

The EU is a major consumer of timber products, and exporters to the EU need to be aware of evolving market requirements and preferences if they are to compete effectively. Such requirements may be of a technical nature, but can also be linked to policies concerning the wood used in timber products. This publication looks in particular at recent policies and legislation aimed at excluding illegal timber from markets and at promoting the use of timber from legally harvested and sustainably managed forests. Recognition of the shared responsibility of consumer and producer nations to combat illegal logging by addressing both supply and demand for such timber was highlighted in the 1998-2002 G8 Action Programme on Forests and has been followed by a number of policy developments initiated by governments and the private sector. This brochure describes some of the main developments.