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UN Agricultural Agency and European Union Step Up Efforts to Combat Illegal Timber Trade
May 15, 2016
The United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the European Union (EU) will step up joint efforts to support tropical timber-producing countries in curbing illegal logging, improving forest governance and promoting the trade of legally sourced timber, under a USD 30 million funding agreement announced on Friday.
The agreement, which was formalized by the two organizations on Friday in Rome, is expected to not only reduce the environmental impacts of illegal logging and mitigate climate change, but also boost the incomes and food security of forest communities by improving access to domestic and international wood markets, FAO said in a press release.