What is FLEGT stand for?
Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade
FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. The EU’s FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber.
What is a FLEGT license?
A FLEGT licence is a document that confirms that a shipment of timber or timber products has been legally produced, in accordance with the relevant laws of the country of export. FLEGT-licensed timber and timber products are considered to comply with the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).
What is FLEGT VPA?
the FLEGT-VPA library! A VPA is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and timber-producing countries. Its purpose is to ensure that all timber products imported into the EU come from legal sources, curbing illegal logging and improving governance of the forest sector.
What legal requirement is placed on trade in timber in the UK Europe?
The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force in the UK on 3 March 2013. It prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the EU market and lays out the procedures which those trading timber within the EU must put in place to minimise the risk of illegal timber being sold.
How much wood does the UK import?
UK imports: 9.1 million tonnes of wood pellets (+2%); 5.3 million tonnes of pulp and paper (-10%); The total value of wood product imports was £7.5 billion (-10%).
Where does UK get its timber from?
Sweden (42%), Latvia (16%) and Finland (14%) provided the majority of imports of sawn softwood to the UK. Most particleboard imports to the UK came from Germany (19%), France (17%) and Latvia (16%). Ireland (29%), Germany (20%) and Spain (13%) were the principal sources of fibreboard imports.
Does the UK export timber?
UK exports: The total value of wood product exports was £1.5 billion (-10%).
Where does the UK get most of its timber from?
The vast majority of UK imports of plywood and wood pellets came from countries outside the EU in 2017:
- China (37%) and Brazil (18%) were the principal sources of plywood imports to the UK.
- The USA (59%) and Canada (21%) provided the majority of wood pellet imports to the UK.
Does the UK produce its own timber?
Based on provisional data from the Forestry Commission, the UK is estimated to have consumed just over 15½ million m3 of sawn timber and panel products in 2015. 43% of the Fibreboard and MDF was produced in the UK, with 95% of the imported board coming from the EU (Ireland, Germany Belgium and Spain)
What wood did the Royal Navy use?
The English oak has always enjoyed a close association with the Royal Navy, whose ships were constructed from oak timbers until the middle of the 19th century, earning the Senior Service the nickname ‘the Wooden Walls of Old England’.
Why did the British need so much wood?
During the 19th century Britain grew as an industrial nation. As a result, wood was in high demand for fuel and building. Rather than developing its own forests Britain became increasingly reliant on imports to meet its growing needs.
Is mahogany wood illegal in UK?
Britain adopted EU regulations in 2013, with the Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulations preventing illegally logged Brazilian mahogany, teak and other hardwood from being used in the UK. Anyone importing timber or using imported timber has to keep detailed records of the source of the wood.