ACTO Countries Explore Possible Cooperation to Combat Illegal Timber Harvesting

ACTO16 February 2012: The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) held a workshop on the control of illegal harvesting of Amazon timber through origin and traceability mechanisms. Participants discussed current national strategies to curb illegal logging in Amazonian forests and promote legally harvested timber, legal regimes in place or planned in each country, and national research on the subject. They also discussed plans for regional cooperation under the ACTO umbrella.

The Regional Workshop on Wood Origin and Traceability Mechanisms, held in Bogota, Colombia, from 14-16 February 2012, was attended by three representatives from each of the eight ACTO member governments (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela), as well as observers from related entities such as Chile's National Forestry Corporation (CONAF). The event was organized by the ACTO Permanent Secretariat and Colombia's Foreign and Environment Ministries, with financial support from Germany's Amazonia Regional Programme. [ACTO Press Release (Spanish)]