Lacey and CITES in focus at IWPA World of Wood 2016 Convention

Lacey and CITES in focus at IWPA World of Wood 2016 Convention will feature panel discussions on the latest in Lacey Act compliance and enforcement, plus CITES and the Paris Climate Agreement. The event will take place from April 5-8 in Austin Texas.

Other topics covered are economic trends and market projections, EPA & CARB formaldehyde emission rules, and sustainable trade opportunities and challenges.

IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires said the recent fine $13.1 million fine imposed on Lumber Liquidators for violations of the Lacey Act, among other offences, has increased the relevance of the Convention’s special panel discussion.

“Given the announcement of the fine, wood products importers will want to know exactly how this case could impact their own due diligence procedures,” she said. “This panel will give attendees an opportunity to hear that latest on enforcement and compliance and learn more about the training course IWPA has developed to ensure that their staff have access to all the compliance tools they need.”

The panel for ‘Lacey Act Update – Enforcement & New Tools for Compliance’ will comprise Parul Patel of the USDA-APHIS Lacey Act Office, Christopher Hale of the U.S. Department of Justice who was part of the team that led the Lumber Liquidators prosecution, and Hugh Reitz of UCS Global, Co-Chair of IWPA’s Due Care Project Training Committee.

The panel for the discussion on ‘CITES and Climate Change – Forecast for the Future’ will include Anne St. John of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Management Authority, Linda Walker, Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest & Trade Network-North America, with moderator Chip Barber, Director of the Forest Legality Alliance at the World Resources Institute.

 

For more information contact the IWPA at + 1 (703) 820-6696; email: felicia@iwpawood.org .