The Themis Network sub-regional trainings focus on practice and locally relevant cross-border issues. The aim is to train participants to use practical methods and tools to improve environmental law enforcement and compliance.
The third and final sub-regional training took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 2 and 3, 2016, with a focus on timber. The objective was to engage the relevant forestry authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as Moldova as an observer, in a transboundary discussion about illegal logging, timber tracking, due diligence systems, and timber exports/imports under the FLEGT Action Plan, the EU Timber Regulation, and the U.S. Lacey Act. The participating countries nominated delegates from the forestry sector, police, customs, or other relevant enforcement authorities such as environmental inspectorates with forestry responsibilities.
The main outcome was the exchange of experience and best practices between participants, and the transfer of knowledge on timber legislation and timber tracking in the U.S. and other countries (e.g. Peru and Indonesia). The training provided an opportunity to improve mutual understanding between inspection practitioners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova and Serbia on legal frameworks and enforcement related to illegal logging.
Session 2 – Introduction to the EU initiative to tackle illegal logging
Session 3 – Introduction to U.S. legislation on timber and enforcement practices
Session 4 – Legal framework and concrete timber issues in each country
Session 5 – Voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs)
Session 6 – Forestry certification in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Session 7 – Tracking timber and forest monitoring tools
Session 9 – Debriefing, future steps, tools and future training opportunities