Illegal logging: EU FLEGT Facility issues information brief on EU-China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism
The EU-China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance was established in 2009 and represents a forum for policy dialogue as well as a mechanism for sharing information on policies and legal frameworks and for coordinating initiatives aimed to stop illegal logging and associated trade.
Under the BCM, China and the EU explore approaches to recognising the legality verification schemes for timber and timber products of timber-exporting countries, including those from countries participating in FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). This 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 also working to identify 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.
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.
For more information about the BCM, and an overview of current and past activities, visit www.euflegt.efi.int/eu-china.