News | 29.01.2020
China’s doors of entry are closing to illegal timber with a ban on buying, processing or transporting illegaly sourced timber.
This new Forest Law adopted by the National People’s Congress of China stipulates, according to the article 65, that no unit or individual may purchase, process or transport timber that he/she clearly knows was piratically felled or indiscriminately felled in forest regions.
This has consequences for wood purchases at national level, as well as at international level.
A translation into English of this law has been sent to us by GIZ.
According to China’s official news agency Xinchua, this amendment is to better protect the country’s forests and facilitate green development.
ATIBT will closely follow this new China Forest Law evolution and implementation which take effect into on July 1st, 2020 especially as it is :
It “will be a significant milestone in the history of international biodiversity governance. It should provide an opportunity to take note of the successes and challenges of the international biodiversity processes, and especially to establish the foundations of a new architecture that will facilitate a better contribution to the deep socioeconomic transformations necessary to slow down biodiversity erosion.” as the IDDRI emphasizes.
Interesting articles on the subject to read :
China revises law to better protect forests
For 20 years we’ve urged China to ban the use of illegal timber – now it’s happening!