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Japanese scientists visits the Thünen Centre of Competence


Within their study journey in Germany the Japanese scientists Dr. Mitsukaki Yamagata und Yuichi Ikuta from the Forest Economic Research Institute and the Japan Woody Bioenergy Association, Tokyo visited the Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber on 22nd of September 2017.

Ulrich Bick, Yuichi Ikuta, Dr. Mitsukaki Yamagata, Volker Haag (© Thünen-Institut)

In May 2017 the Japanese national law against illegal harvest and associated trade of timber came into force and is presently at implementation stage.

On behalf of the Japanese forestry administration the objective of the journey was to provide information and experiences in terms of application of forest certification, the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the German Holzhandels-Sicherungs-Gesetz (Holz-SiG) respectively in Germany for this implementation.

Previously the scientists visited in this relation the GD-Holz Service GmbH (EUTR-Monitoring Organisation, Berlin), the WWF-Germany (Berlin), the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, (EUTR-Competent Authority, Bonn), The Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Food (Bonn) as well as the timber trade enterprise WOB TIMBER in Hamburg.

A further exchange of information and support from the TI-Centre of Competence was agreed.

Thünen Centre of Competence

Ulrich Bick, Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics

Volker Haag, Thünen Institute of Wood Research