The Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organisation will promote increased customs cooperation between member economies to combat illegal logging in protected areas.
EGILAT’s work to date has focused on how APEC members can coordinate efforts to reduce illegal logging and promote legal trade in timber products. The group adopted an admirably specific definition of what constitutes illegal logging, concentrating on prohibited species and timber harvested from protected areas.
The group also provides an important forum for members to share best practice approaches to sustainable forest management, policies covering commercial agriculture, and ways to attract investment in forest resource management.
EGILAT provides delegates with an opportunity to address a wide range of issues that affect global forest industries, and to help member governments to maximise the contribution that these industries make to local communities and the state. By maintaining a focus on tackling serious forest crime and promoting legal trade in forest products, EGILAT supports APEC’s economic development and environmental protection goals.