Okay let’s look at one more source of information—this is a new one, called the Forest Logbook. It doesn’t offer evaluations of risk the way NEPCon does, rather it’s a one stop shop for links to relevant resources for each countries. It provides links to all the agencies governing the timber trade, information on local regulations/legislation and a range of other resources.
It’s interesting to me because I might otherwise be challenged finding a link to the “Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo gozdarstvo in prehrano” (which you all know is the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food in Solvenia) or knowing that to do business in the Central African Republic I’d want to reach out to the “Ministère des Eaux, Forêts, Chasse et Pêche” (Ministry of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fisheries.)
Elizabeth Baldwin is Environmental Compliance Officer for Metropolitan Hardwood Floors. In her 25 plus year career in the wood industry has visited over 70 countries and hundreds of facilities of all sizes and types. She describes herself as a “jack of all wood trades.” Familiar with jungles of all sorts–having camped out along the Amazon and walked the halls of Congress–she blogs for the NWFA on both environmental and regulatory issues for educational and informational purposes only. Her blog is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. Persons seeking legal advice on compliance with CARB, TSCA, the U.S. Lacey Act or any other law, regulation, or compliance requirement/claim should consult with the regulatory agency directly and/or a qualified legal professional.