Environmental Audit Committee

17 July 2008


NEW INQUIRY

Forests: the future role of carbon markets in their protection and the timber trade

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is today launching an inquiry into the timber trade and the future role of carbon markets in protecting forests.

In our recent report into international climate change negotiations we highlighted the need to address deforestation and land use change as it accounts for up to one-third of total annual carbon dioxide emissions. The Government has commissioned an independent review into the role of international finance mechanisms in preserving global forests to tackle climate change. The Committee will explore this issue and also take this opportunity to follow up on its 2006 Report into sustainable timber. It will also investigate how the timber trade might interact with such finance mechanisms.

The Committee invites organisations and members of the public to submit memoranda setting out their views on these issues. Some specific subjects on which the Committee would welcome comments are set out below, although respondents are free to comment on any issues which they consider relevant:

€ The role financial mechanisms might have in helping to address emissions from land use change

€ The environmental and social risks and benefits of using such financial mechanisms

€ The use of land use change credits in carbon markets and in meeting emission targets

€ The World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Fund

€ The role of technologies such as remote sensing in the verification of land use change credits

€ The success or otherwise of Government efforts in reducing emissions from international land use change

€ The Congo Basin Forest Fund

€ The interaction of carbon finance mechanisms with the timber trade

€ Government progress on tackling illegal timber since the EAC 2006 Report on sustainable timber

€ Government sustainable procurement of forest products

€ The success or otherwise of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action plan, and Government support for it

Please note

Each submission should:

€ Be received by Monday 13 October 2008

€ Be no more than 3,000 words in length;

€ Begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ Have numbered paragraphs; and

€ Be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and marked 'Forest Inquiry'. An additional paper copy should be sent to:

Clerk of the Committee
Environmental Audit Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London
SW1P 3JA

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please supply a postal address so a copy of the Committee's report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Please also note that:

€ Material published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

€ Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.

€ Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

€ Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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