China and the EU discuss collaboration on forest governance

Representatives from China and the EU met on 6 March in Beijing to discuss joint work for 2014 under their Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on FLEGT. The BCM is an ongoing policy dialogue on forest governance between China and the EU. This was the fifth annual meeting.

China and the EU agreed on several working areas for 2014, including such studies as an analysis of timber flows between China and the Russian Far East, a study on cross-border timber trade between China and Myanmar/Burma and a desk study to compile data on timber flows and investments between China and countries implementing VPAs. Both parties agreed to design and develop a common information window on market requirements for legal timber including the EU Timber Regulation and to facilitate stakeholder consultation in developing the new guidelines for sustainable overseas forestry trade and investment by Chinese enterprises.

Both sides also agreed to review the work plan implementation in mid 2014. The next BCM meeting is planned for Brussels in February 2015.

The discussion was facilitated by the Chinese Academy of Forestry