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FAO Addressing Illegal Timber Trade

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The Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (F.A.O) has expressed concern over the illegal trade in timber and timber products. In response to this problem the European Union has established a Forest law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan.

An agreement was inked on Wednesday between the F.A.O and the Forest Products Association of Guyana which seeks to address this concern.

F.A.O’s Representative, Dr. Lystra Fletcher-Paul said the agreement aims to improve forest governance while providing technical assistance to the association.

The F.A.O representative highlighted that the agreement has three main objectives which include all stakeholders in the forest sector.

Head of Guyana, European Union Delegation, Ambassador, Geert Heikens said the partnership is timely as the European market clamps done on the sale of illegal timber with a legislative approach.

The Guyana Forestry Commission has reported that significant strides have been made to address the sale of illegal timber as a tracking system has been implemented to monitor the movement of timber with 25 stations throughout the country.

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