Under the Bilateral Coordination Mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance, the EU and China are:
- Supporting the setting up of new legislation in China on timber imports by facilitating policy dialogues and information exchange between China and the EU, taking into consideration EU experiences with the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).
- Supporting a cost-benefit analysis to understand the impact of planned timber legality import measures on the industry in China.
- Working on a China-Indonesia-EU trilateral dialogue on promoting the trade in legal timber and timber products. The EU and China are examining the trade in forest products between Indonesia and China and exploring how Indonesian FLEGT licensed timber could be recognised as legal timber in China.
- Bringing Chinese policymakers and industry stakeholders together with stakeholders in countries with VPAs, to increase understanding of the work those countries are doing.
- Maintaining a Common Information Window, with both Chinese and English versions, where private sector operators in China and the EU can access information on market requirements.
- Publishing a yearly report on China’s timber trade flow with EU and VPA countries.
- Organising a China-Africa dialogue in the Republic of Congo to identify synergies between Chinese engagement in Africa and the FLEGT processes in the region.
Previous activities under the BCM
Under the Bilateral Coordination Mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance, the EU and China have:
- Published an introduction to China’s Timber Legality Verification System (CTLVS) in English.
- Analysed the feasibility of developing policies to promote legally-sourced timber and timber products in China; read the summary.
- Conducted a review of investment and the timber trade between China and six countries that have signed Voluntary Partnership Agreements with the EU; the report is available in English and the related briefing is in English and Chinese.
- Analysed China’s forest products trade and cooperation with Laos.
- Conducted a joint study on the impact of the EU Timber Regulation on small and medium-sized enterprises in China.
- Conducted a baseline study to develop an overview of forest governance, markets and trade in China, in English and Chinese.
Awareness raising and capacity building
- Raised awareness in the Chinese private sector of the requirements of the EU timber market through the Chinese version of the Common Information Window (CIW), presentations at industry events, the organisation of workshops, and the publication of papers and articles in industry magazines.
- Supported capacity building for key stakeholders in China on FLEGT, the EU Timber Regulation, forest policies and governance. Capacity was built through the organisation of seminars, workshops, and lectures on FLEGT and supporting the attendance of Chinese officials to forest policy courses and trainings in Asia and Europe.
- Facilitated exchanges between Chinese officials and EU Competent Authorities through field trips to the Netherlands, Spain and France.
- Supported the further development of the Chinese Timber Legality Verification System (CTLVS), taking into consideration EU experiences with the EU Timber Regulation.
- In collaboration with ISEAL, conducted a workshop and training for government officials to set up a monitoring and evaluation component for the Guide on Sustainable Overseas Forests Management and Utilisation by Chinese Enterprises and the Guide on Sustainable Overseas Silviculture by Chinese Enterprises.
Dialogue with timber-producing countries
- Conducted exchanges between China and VPA countries, such as organised study visits of cross-sector delegations of Chinese officials to Indonesia in 2016, Vietnam in 2017, and Laos in 2019.
- Organised an international workshop on China-Africa Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Management in Beijing in 2018. At the workshop, representatives from three African VPA countries discussed synergies between China’s engagement in Africa and FLEGT with Chinese officials, industry associations, CSOs and international organisations.
- Conducted research on the timber trade between China and Myanmar and improved information exchange between the two countries. The primary outcomes of the study are available in Burmese, Chinese and English. Stakeholders on both sides of the China-Myanmar border discussed the initial findings of the study at meetings in Kunming, China, in April 2015 and in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in September 2015.
- Analysed the circulation and processing in China of timber harvested in the Russian Far East to the point of export to the EU and organised a workshop on cross-border timber trade between China and Russia.
Visit to Shanghai Fu Ren Timber market during the 7th BCM Meeting in March 2016.