Over the past 10 years, Brazil has adopted measures that significantly reduced deforestation, forest degradation and illegal logging. In addition, the country has implemented a policy of forest concession that shows potential for long-term supply of timber from exclusively sustainable sources. Timber production in the areas under concession follows all international requirements and standards. The European Union has also been working for years so that its imports of forest products derived solely from sustainable sources. For this reason, the bloc’s laws and regulations have been developed with this goal in mind, affecting not only trade, but also the production in tropical forests. This action consists of an international mission to present the Brazilian experience in forestry and sustainable management of forest concessions and to learn about EU practices and regulations related to the trade of forest products, especially timber. Meetings will be held with regulatory agencies, forest managers and service providers in the EU. The mission also aims to create a network of institutions related to timber and forest products, linking Brazil and the EU, and exchange information on laws and regulations between European and Brazilian institutions and companies related to sustainable forest management and timber production and trade.
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