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Australia and China working together to combat illegal logging

The Rudd Government has signed an historic agreement with China that will see the two countries
working closely together to tackle illegal logging.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) represented significant progress on the Government’s election commitment
to restrict the importation of illegally logged timber.

Mr Burke said the Chinese Government recognised the need for an international approach to the
problem of illegal logging.

Under the agreement, the governments will work together to identify a mechanism to certify and
verify the legal origin of wood products.

"China is the world’s largest importer of industrial logs, and a significant exporter of processed
timber," Mr Burke said.

"This is another step forward in the fight against illegal logging.

"I welcome the Chinese Government’s cooperation which follows agreements already signed with
Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

"Illegal logging undermines the sustainable Australian forestry industry and regional jobs.

"We will continue working on global solutions to help differentiate between legally logged timber
and illegally logged timber.

"This remains the biggest obstacle to overcome."

by S. C.
31 october 2009, World News > Oceania