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9 March 2006
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is seeking input on ways New
Zealand can contribute to the global fight against illegal logging.
The Ministry has released a discussion document on the issue and wants
public and industry feedback on the ideas presented.
Globally, illegal logging and its associated trade costs the producers of
legitimately sourced wood products billions of dollars in lost revenue.
And it can do considerable harm to forests and forest ecosystems.
Illegal logging takes place when timber is harvested, transported, bought or
sold in violation of national and/or international laws. It is a serious
problem in many countries where it is undermining local efforts to manage
MAF Policy Analyst Alison Watson says combating illegal logging is important
to New Zealand as the practice taints the entire forestry industry as being
environmentally unfriendly. New Zealand also faces competition from
illegal timber in its export and domestic markets.
The MAF paper is the first step in developing a New Zealand policy on
illegal logging. It provides background on the issue, sets out suggested
broad policy goals and actions, and seeks input on where New Zealand action
could make the biggest difference.
Ms Watson says the approach taken in the paper is to look at how New Zealand
can contribute through a range of different channels – an international
focus through global forums and organisations; regional work; bilaterally with
other interested countries; and locally through raising awareness of the issue
and convincing local sellers and consumers to only use legally sourced
"New Zealand may be a small player in the global forestry industry,
but for our size, we contribute greatly to the global trade of forest products
and to international forums that work to progress sustainable forest
The discussion paper can be found at: www.maf.govt.nz/forestry
For further information, please contact:
Alison Watson, Policy Analyst, Phone 04 8190678
Or Lesley Patston, Senior Communications Adviser, 027