Enhancing Legality: Combined work on the establishment of a set of guiding legal elements


On May 14th and 15th, Benoit Jobbe-Duval, attended a technical working group organised by the FAO, representing the forest private sector.

As part of a  two-year project entitled « Enhancing knowledge and capacity around forest-related legislation and timber legality », FAO gathered for these two days a pool of experts and representatives from different horizons ( international organizations, research, private sector, academia …) in order to collect their feedback and their opinions on this subject.

Thus, the purpose of this technical working group was to support to the development of guiding legal elements for forest management, and timber production and trade in order to :

  • Develop a common structure of a set of guiding legal elements to be incorporated in a database for all national laws;
  • Establish of a legal database (Timber-Lex) to increase access to and understanding of national legal frameworks governing forest management, timber production and trade;
  • Undertake capacity-building initiatives to promote stakeholder knowledge of best practices related to these topics

This multipurpose approach aims to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in the forest and timber sectors, the main target audience for these legal guiding elements being:

  • Governments
  • The private sector along the value chain
  • Compliance officers
  • Civil society
  • Academia

The next phases of the project are to open the work done by this technical working group to a public consultation later this year, then trialing with 5 pilot countries before rolling 50 country profiles (producers and consumers) onto the Timber-Lex database. ATIBT, involved inn FLEGT related projects, takes parts with interest to these reflections.