Washington Forest Legality Week, the signature annual event of WRI’s Forest Legality Initiative, is intended to enable dialogue and inspire action and partnerships to more effectively implement and monitor timber trade legality and due diligence measures.

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Building on the tradition of “Washington Forest Legality Week” that WRI hosted in 2017 and 2018, we are pleased to announce that WRI will host the third Washington Forest Legality Week, October 7-11, 2019, with the generous support and cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The main meeting will be in the Harmon Center starting at lunch-time on October 8 and finishing at lunch-time on October 10. Harmon Center set-up will take place starting at 9:00 AM on October 8. Side meetings organized by partner organizations will be held in the Harmon Center on the afternoon of October 10 and in other WRI conference rooms on October 7 and 11.

Washington Forest Legality Week is a multi-stakeholder, international event, drawing stakeholders from governments, the private sector, civil society, the scientific community, and service providers such as timber certification bodies. The main meeting will take place over three days and is designed to accommodate a range of side meetings and interactions convened during the entire week by partner organizations.

This year’s tentative agenda includes panels on linkages between fighting forest-related crime and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; Peru; Papua New Guinea and Indonesia’s Papua Province (which together constitute the island of New Guinea); combating forest-related corruption; and anti-illegal logging and anti-deforestation policy developments in the European Union.

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