Issue No. 11   -   01 April 2010
IES PROGRAMMES
 
 

 

LIBRARY


 
Harvard University Press
 

Springer
 

 
Cambridge University Press

 

AGENDA
 
London - 6 April
 
 
 
Brussels - 15 April
 
European Parliament: Round Table on Climate change Management

 
 
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
 
 
 
 
WORKSHOP ON SATELLITE MONITORING  FOR LEGAL COMPLIANCE

Can The Hague deliver justice and peace for international environmental conflicts?
 

Reasons behind failing compliance with and enforcement of international environmental law are manifold; from appropriate functioning institutions to their access by victims of environmental crimes, and from missing legal and financial capacity to missing political will on a local and national scale. Many organisations that  support measures to tackle these problems, investigate further and fight against environmental crimes are hosted at The Hague, in The Netherlands.
 
And there, on 20 April, the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) and the T.M.C. Asser Institute for Private and Public International Law will organise a workshop on satellite monitoring for legal compliance. The aim of the meeting is to present to an audience of international expertise in the field of enforcement and compliance with international law and the satellite monitoring community a proposal developed by the two institutes for The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF).

The organisers are very proud to offer the participants the up-to-date development on remote sensing for legal compliance from Dr. Ray Purdy, who just returned from Australia for his current research project on this topic carried out for the University College London.

Following his presentation will be  a panel with presentations and discussion on the HELF - pilot project on illegal hazardous waste shipments together with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, which sets the international legal framework, the European Network of Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) of the European Commission and latest findings of the European Environmental Agency, represented by Dr. Christian Fischer, international expert on hazardous waste management.


NEW TRADE MEASURES PRESENT CHALLENGES FOR TIMBER MARKETS IN THE UNECE REGION
 
IES participates in debate on timber markets
 
 
“Regulations affecting the trade of timber products are evolving quickly, and this evolution should be closely monitored because of the impacts on the entire forest sector.” So concluded the workshop on “Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets”, organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly with the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO), on 23 March 2010 in Geneva.

IES Pathfinder Project Coordinator Géraud de Ville attended the workshop with more than 100 stakeholders from government, industry, trade associations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations and academia. There is currently considerable concern and debate about the entire range of trade and trade-related measures impacting on the timber markets. 
 
World trade of wood and paper products, including value-added products, has doubled over the last 10 years. This has occurred notwithstanding various policies and measures affecting the timber trade. China is the motor of the global timber trade, having become the major importer of roundwood and the major exporter of value-added wood products such as wooden furniture. China’s wood products exports expanded 5-fold from 2000 to 2008. 
 

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