Useful contacts are provided below, including for agencies and organisations with responsibilities for implementing and enforcing EUTR and the Lacey Act. Communities, activists and civil society organisations can send pertinent information to these agencies directly, though we recommend that you speak to Earthsight first, since we have personal relationships with key individuals and can help ensure your information reaches the right person and gets the appropriate attention.
EUTR Competent Authorities
Each EU country has a nominated ‘Competent Authority’ responsible for implementing the EUTR, which should be contacted by communities and activists who have pertinent information to share regarding illegal or high-risk timber destined for that country. A full contact list of the Competent Authorities in all 28 Member States plus Norway (which implements EUTR through its membership of the EEA) is available here. Names of specific individuals working within some of the Competent Authorities are available here.
Though it has no direct enforcement role, the European Commission helps monitor the implementation of the EUTR by individual EU countries. It also provides official guidance on the interpretation of the law, and is responsible for maintaining a list of approved ‘monitoring organisations’ empowered to help companies practice due diligence in their wood purchasing. Further information and contact details are available here.
EUTR ‘Monitoring Organisations’
The EUTR allows for the formal recognition of ‘monitoring organisations’. These are companies which are empowered to formally assist timber and wood product traders, by providing them with a suitable due diligence system and evaluating their implementation of it. Monitoring Organisations are obliged to report repeated failures to observe due diligence to the Competent Authorities in the relevant country. Competent Authorities, in turn, are responsible for checking on the activities of the Monitoring Organisations and penalising them for breaches of their responsibilities under EUTR. A list of Monitoring Organisations and the countries they are approved to operate in is maintained by the European Commission here.
EFI FLEGT Facility
The European Forest Institute (EFI) operates the ‘EU FLEGT Facility’, which works on behalf of the EU in implementing its Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), of which EUTR is one element. The Facility’s main role is in the negotiation and implementation of the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber producing countries. The Facility’s website has advice and background about EUTR. The facility has nominated staff for each producer country negotiating or implementing a VPA. Contact details for the facility are here.
US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Overall responsibility for enforcing the US 2008 Lacey Act amendments lies with the Office of Law Enforcement of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Email and phone contact details for the Office are available on their website.
Responsibility for overseeing implementation of the Plant Declaration requirement under the US 2008 Lacey Act amendments falls to the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Further information and a contact email address can be found on the relevant APHIS Lacey Act web page.
The Environmental Crimes Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the US Department of Justice is the agency responsible for prosecuting individual cases of breaches of the Lacey Act. Contact details for the Division, and the name of the Chief of the Section, are available on the Department of Justice website, here.
Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition
Australia passed legislation similar to Lacey and EUTR in 2012. The law is known as the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act. Anyone with information regarding illegal timber destined for Australia should contact the relevant authorities. Background and contact details are provided here.
Client Earth are a European NGO which encourages and provides assistance to civil society organisations in collecting and submitting information regarding the EUTR. Their teams of professional lawyers are particularly well placed to provide advice on submitting concerns from a legal perspective. Their web pages on EUTR can be found on their website, which also includes contact details. An animated video explaining the importance of evidence supplied by communities and activists to the implementation of EUTR is available here.