Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG)

Forest at Dayangshan

China is now the second largest timber consumer in the world, and plays an important role in the global forest products trade, supplying growing demand mainly in the United States, Europe and Japan.

China is also increasingly engaged in national, regional and international efforts to address illegal logging and international trade in illegally logged timber and other forest products.

Dialogues on Illegal Logging

IUCN China is partnering with Chatham House and Forest Trends to present a series of multistakeholder dialogues on illegal logging and associated trade.

The second meeting in the series, “China and the Global Forest Products Trade: Trade of Legal and Sustainable Wood in China,” was held November 1-2, 2007 in Beijing, and attracted about 60 participants from government, the private sector, NGOs and research institutes. The third Dialogue will take place in 2008 and will continue to focus on how the private sector can address illegal logging and associated trade, as well as promote sustainable forest management in China and overseas.

For more information on the Dialogues, please contact Li Jia at


Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)

IUCN is building multistakeholder coalitions linking China and West and Central Africa in support of improved forest governance and FLEGT initiatives.

FLEGT, and more specifically to the European Union’s FLEGT Action Plan, is a process to combat illegal logging and the trade of timber and timber products from illegal sources. The EU FLEGT Action Plan targets key regions and countries that together contain nearly 60% of the world’s forest and supply a large proportion of internationally traded timber - Central Africa, Russia, South America and Southeast Asia.   

This project will work at the local and national levels in six African producer countries: Ghana, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. Through this project, China as a key consumer of Central and West African forest products will be engaged in discussions about forest governance in Africa.

For more information on IUCN’s work in linking China and Africa for improved forest governance, please contact Li Jia at


Promoting China’s Engagement in Africa
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