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Happy summer! We’ve been busy in the last few months. In March, we hosted a workshop in Guatemala on innovative technologies for timber traceability. Co-sponsored by the Government of Guatemala, IUCN and FAO, workshop participants included representatives from governments, technology innovators, NGOs and the private sector. Representation from Latin America was particularly robust, but participants hailed from as far away as Ghana and Indonesia. You can read more about the technologies discussed at the workshop on the next page.


As many of you may be aware, the current cooperative grant agreement between WRI and the U.S. Agency for International Development which has supported the FLA for the past seven years will end this coming September. First, we would like to express our gratitude to USAID for its sustained financial and technical support for FLA since 2010. Secondly, we would like to let you know that WRI will continue working on timber legality going forward – including maintaining many elements of the FLA. So we expect to continue working with many of your in the months and years to come.


On July 6 and 7, we will host the final FLA semi-annual member meeting under our agreement with USAID, in WRI’s newly-renovated conference facilities. With the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP17) to CITES being held in South Africa in the end of September – with timber species receiving unprecedented attention – we are focusing most of the upcoming meeting on CITES timber issues. Sessions will include:


  • Key timber issues at CITES COP17 (September 2016) | Milena Sosa Schmidt, CITES Secretariat, will address some key issues on timber species to be raised at the next Conference of Parties (COP17) of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES)



  • Wood identification technologies for CITES implementation | Shelley Gardner, Interpol, and Alex Wiedenhoeft, USFS Forest Products Lab, will discuss the current state of wood identification technologies for the enforcement of CITES, with additional presentations by the US Fish and Wildlife Service; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; and WWF Russia.



  • CITES & timber: the case of Madagascar | Continuing the first CITES discussion, representatives from the CITES Secretariat, the World Bank, the University of Antananarivo and WRI will take a deeper dive into the case study of CITES-listed timber species from Madagascar



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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

"At a time when many countries are beginning their gradual deconfinement and when there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of returning to normal life, I wanted to share with you some good news that also fills us with hope for the future of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park."

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Resources and follow-up from the virtual FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Roundtable

Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.

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ATIBT -CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany

ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.

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Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders of forest management in the Congo Basin interested in participating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standards development process.

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Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

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22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

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