On 19 and 20 January 2006, an Illegal Logging Update and Stakeholder Consultation Meeting took place at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. As the seventh in a regular series of biannual consultations, this meeting provided a valuable opportunity to gather up-to-date information on the illegal logging and timber trade, as well as on the evolving policy processes to combat these problems. The number of participants exceeded 100, making this meeting one of the best attended so far, according to regular attendees. Apart from IGES, participation from Japan was limited to one representative of the Japanese Embassy on the first day of the meeting.
Twenty-nine presentations were delivered during seven sessions and all the presentations were discussed by a panel. The sessions included:
1. The introductory presentation
2. Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and Voluntary Partnership Agreement negotiations
3. Public procurement policies
4. Research updates
5. Private sector updates
6. Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) panel
7. Campaign and project updates
The presentations related to: a) regional processes presently ongoing in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region (such as the negotiation processes for Voluntary Partnership Agreements under the EU FLEGT Action plan or, the workshop held in Cebu in November 2005 for cooperation among customs authorities in East Asia), and b) the formulation of national public procurement policies in some European countries (UK, Denmark and the Netherlands) are summarised below. All presentations are at least briefly mentioned.
The purpose of this summary is to keep policy makers in Asia abreast of the current developments and thinking on illegal logging.