China and the EU combat illegal logging together

Established in 2009, the EU-China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance is a forum for policy dialogue as well as a structure to share information on policies and legal frameworks, and to coordinate initiatives to stop illegal logging and associated trade.

Under the BCM, China and the EU examine ways to recognise the legality verification schemes for timber and timber products of timber-exporting countries, including those from countries participating in FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) which includes a trilateral dialogue between China, Indonesia and the EU.

The two parties to the BCM are also supporting the further development of the Chinese Timber Legality Verification System (CTLVS), taking into consideration EU experiences with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and in countries that are negotiating, or have signed, VPAs.

China and the EU are identifying policy and research priorities as well as conducting studies to improve information exchange and policy dialogue on the trade in timber and timber products between China and neighbouring countries.

Representatives of the EU and China sign the Bilateral Coordination Mechanism Agreement in Brussels, 30 January 2009

China is represented by the State Forestry Administration and the EU is represented by the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission under the BCM.

Source: FLEGT