Illegal logging has a devastating impact on some of the world’s most valuable remaining forests, and on the people who live in them and rely on the resources that they provide.
EU companies and governments that buy timber and timber products from suppliers in Africa, Asia or South America have a significant impact on illegal logging. If buyers purchase timber from producers who comply with national laws and act responsibly towards the local population and the environment, this will help to reduce illegal logging.
Nevertheless, putting an end to illegal logging and deforestation can have an adverse impact on disadvantaged groups. The highest levels of illegal logging are found in developing and emerging markets, where it is often a vital source of income for both individuals and the nation as a whole. In addition, the large-scale forest operations encouraged by Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) can exclude local people from access to forest resources.
Taking this into account:
How does the EU plan to compensate for the loss of income and jobs as a result of stricter regulations on illegal logging and deforestation?
How does the EU plan to protect more vulnerable groups (such as, for example, the rural poor) who might depend on access to forest resources?