The APEC Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) is formulating a multi-year plan to combat illegal logging while promoting legal trade of timbers and its products within the region.
Managing Director Tunou Sabuin of the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority said Papua New Guinea is one of the economies that have the best policies and legislative requirements, and operational procedures to manage and utilize its vast forest resources.
“Let us continue to strengthen our regional alliances between economies, regional and international organizations, civil societies, private sectors and industries on the management and development of PNG’s policy for the collective benefits of the region and the global community,” Mr. Sabuin said at the meeting.
Dr. Putera Parthama of Indonesia, EGILAT chair for 2018-2019, said the forum is to raise issues on illegal logging to APEC Leaders.
“We have a clear definition of what is legal and what isn’t,” said Dr Putera.
“The challenge now is how to combat that and whether we’re going to agree for more action orientated effort or broaden the scope of our effort.
EGILAT is one of the newest APEC fora that recognize APEC’s commitment and activities relating to forest management and protection.
The group kicks off its two-day meeting on the first day of the APEC 1st Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) and Related Meetings.