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Issue Date:- 14 April 2008


NEWS that the European Commission is to propose measures to ban the import of illegally felled timber has been welcomed by a Southport Euro-MP.  Demand from Southport households for furniture and DIY wooden goods is playing a part in feeding an illegal trade in timber that is damaging some of the world’s poorest countries.

Corruption and poorly enforced laws in developing nations are allowing criminals to destroy virgin forests that are home to thousands of rare species. Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, more carbon dioxide than is produced by all worldwide transport.  But the business is possible only because buyers here turn a blind eye to it or are deceived by false certification paperwork. Demand by consumers across Europe for building materials, furniture and paper fuels the trade which every year destroys forests with a total area 4 times the size of Belgium.

A voluntary licensing scheme for timber imports into the EU designed to combat illegal timber felling was first introduced in 2005. But this has not proved sufficient and the Commission has now accepted that MEP calls for legal redress must now be adopted. 

The Liberal Democrat spokesman on the environment warns that people in Southport are putting profits into the hands of criminals because of a lack of guarantees that the wood they buy has come from sustainable sources.  He said:- “New laws are urgently needed to force timber buyers in EU nations to purchase only from properly licensed sources.  Some encouraging progress is being made by the timber trade in Britain to ensure that the source of trees can be confirmed, but it is still the case that hardly a single merchant can guarantee that they have not purchased wood from illegally felled trees.  There will be no forests left at all unless we take steps quickly to ensure that people can be confident of the purchases they are making. Businesses then that put profit before forest survival should be prosecuted.”

Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) schemes seek to provide a sustainable source of timber. The FSC is endorsed by major environmental charities and identifies wood products sourced from well-managed forests.

These products range from bookcases sold by Homebase to bird tables from Woolworths, and can be identified by the unique FSC logo.  But Mr Davies would like to see a massive expansion in such initiatives across Europe so that consumers can have confidence that no wood products are made from illegal timber.

The Commission is set to announce the new measures later this year.

Euro MP says Europe must act on missing children

LABOUR'S Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and one of the Parliament’s key children’s rights campaigners, Arlene McCarthy MEP, will this week give her backing to the launch of a Written Declaration on missing children.  Arlene said:- “National statistics on missing children across Europe show that this is an area where Europe can and must act to track down, identify and recover missing children.”

Last week Arlene met with the European Commission to discuss progress on an EU Amber Alert system, a child sex offender’s register and the operation and functioning of the EU missing children Hotline, following concerns raised with her by parents and families and children’s rights group.

Arlene added:- “Last May I urged the Commission to look at adopting the US Amber Alert system for missing children. The UK operates a child rescue alert system, Belgium operates an electronic information network in 6,600 shops where national lottery tickets are sold and France operates its own alert system.

Some member states keep national data on missing children some do not. So far only four member states have taken up the European 116000 hotline number for missing children. Action is patchy and the 27 different member states approach is diverse.

The European Commission is ideally placed to co-ordinate and encourage action. We could follow the model of the US Centre for Missing and Exploited Children by getting European member states to commit themselves to the range of actions the US Centre is already committed to.

Even though the US states have different laws and criteria for activating an Amber Alert, there is a general system designed to protection children.”

Commenting on the visit of Gerry and Kate McCann to the European Parliament this week to launch the Written Declaration, Arlene said:- “It is always good to have an exchange with family and parents who have suffered the personal trauma of a missing child. Any publicity that puts the spotlight on our campaigning work with children’s NGOs such as the NSPCC, Save the Children and the organisation that I have worked closely with, the European Children’s Alliance, is welcome if it delivers results for the 1000s of missing children.  We don’t just want to talk about the problem, we are focused on action and this Written Declaration must ensure that Member States across Europe take action.”

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