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07-12-2015 Cop20 news

Colombia, Ecuador and Peru present progress on the pact for legal wood in the COP21 - Paris


Paris, December 7th.- part of the activities of the Pavilion Peru in the COP21, the countries of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru developed a discussion last Friday on the progress of the initiatives of the Pact for Legal Timber in the three countries. This joint effort seeks to create conditions for sustainable trade of this major commodity in the world, so it integrates the commitments of the State, the citizens and the business sector.

Ximena Barrera, a member of the coordinating committee of the Pact for Legal Timber in Colombia started the activity. Our country has forest areas in 56% of its territory, which means 60 million hectares. This indicates many common elements with Peru and Ecuador, not only by sharing borders but also due to the importance of our countries in mitigating climate change, said Barrera, who is also Director of Policies and Social Responsibility of WWF Colombia.

On the other hand, Juan Carlos Palacios, representing the Social Pact for Sustainable Forest Management and Legal Timber Use from Ecuador, highlighted the work of this initiative with local communities through the story of Martin Chamik, shaman from the Ecuadorian Amazon. Chamik and his people lived from wood and forest products while they deforested 80 to 85 thousand hectares of Ecuadorian forests. Therefore, in 2006, we agreed among national authorities, local governments, communities, small and large businesses to implement a new logic to halt deforestation and reverse the figures: 70% of wood used from native forests and 30% from forest plantations, said Palacios, who is Director of the Sustainable Forest Management Corporation, driving on issues of legal timber in Ecuador.

Finally, Gustavo Suarez de Freitas, representative of the National Pact for Legal Timber initiative in Peru, said that this is the beginning of a path of a huge effort that involves working together. Knowing the experiences to learn from the successes and mistakes of neighboring countries is key to the promotion of verified timber in our countries, he said. Suarez de Freitas, who is also Director of the National Program for Forest Conservation for Mitigation of Climate Change from the  Ministry of Environment (MINAM) explained that in the Peruvian case the National Pact for Legal Timber (PNML) seeks to promote sustainable forest harvesting practices and responsible timber consumption. As recalled, the project was presented at the COP20 in Lima with the presence of four Ministers of the Peruvian government and the support of more than ten public and private entities.

It is important to note that with regards the legal framework,  in Peru the regulations of the Law of Forestry and Wildlife No. 29763 have been approved, so there is a new law that incorporates the approach of promoting legal timber, through regulations that facilitate the acquisition of legal timber and accreditation of the legality of timber.

Certainly, the efforts being made in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia show the complexity of growing the market for legal timber. However, experience also shows that each of the public and private actors and native communities have a role in the challenge of sustainable use of forests and the demand and supply of legal timber, which finally offers a great opportunity for the country's development.




























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