Dutch Impose Sanctions for Violation of European Timber Regulations
Following on from an investigation into the controversial Cameroonian timber trade CCT, conducted by Greenpeace, the Netherlands have imposed their very first sanction on a Dutch company for EU Timber Regulation breaches. The Cameroonian Timber Trade CCT, are known to be sourcing timber from companies who are involved in exporting timber to several countries in Europe through illegal logging.
Greenpeace Netherlands Forest campaigner, Meike Rijksen, said “In its capacity as the current EU Council Presidency, the Netherlands can help bring an end to the trade in illegal timber across Europe. We call on the Dutch Government to demand a political commitment by the EU member-states to make sure European companies follow the rule of law by keeping illegal timber out of the market.”
Greenpeace put forward their concern to the Dutch authorities about the CCT trading in the suspected illegal logging operations, this resulted in a penalty for the Dutch company. The authorities stated that, “Because of the political situation in the Congo Basin, timber from Cameroon may only be placed on the market if the importer has taken sufficient mitigating measures to make sure the risk that the timber is illegally harvested is negligible.”
Furthermore, Greenpeace also found timber from the CCT in Germany, Spain, and Belgium. Greenpeace are putting forward their concerns to the relevant authorities in these countries, so that action can be adequately enforced.
Irene Wabiwa, the Forest Campaign Manager for Greenpeace Africa, said: “The Cameroonian government needs to tackle the illegalities and corruption in the timber sector. Cameroon needs to seriously work with the EU to ensure the Voluntary Partnership Agreement aimed at combatting illegal logging and strengthening forest governance in Cameroon is fully implemented. As a first step we strongly encourage the Cameroonian Ministry of Forestry to properly examine the companies mentioned in our report and sanction them if illegal activities are confirmed.”
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