Participants learnt what the requirements of the EUTR are and how they had been implemented and enforced so far, they also gain an understanding of due diligence and how to use NEPCon’s tools to conduct your own. Guest speakers were also present to give different perspectives and experiences. The afternoon session involved an interactive session using NEPCon’s new Sourcing Hub and the risk assessments and tools available on it to investigate and discuss various sourcing scenarios across a series of themes.
Agenda and Materials
Using the tools: companies’ experience // Utilizarea instrumentelor: experienta companiilor by Christian Holobiuc, Ecolor (download the presentation)
Putting the tools into practice – break out sessions
Alexandru Orban - Auditor and Project Coordinator, NEPCon
Alexandru has been working as FSC CoC auditor since 2011. Has experience as auditor for ISO and FSC management systems. In the past few years he worked as a consultant in the wood industry. Alexandru has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, Master's degree in Eco-Management and continuing studies in Forestry. Has passed NEPCon FSC FM/CoC, LS Expert course in 2014.
Ann Weddle - Forest Legality Specialist, NEPCon
Ann works as a Project Manager for NEPCon, implementing donor-funded timber legality projects. One of these was a project building the capacity of Vietnamese SMEs to fulfil demands for legal timber. She spent two years in Vietnam working with trade to facilitate access to EU markets. Ann has technical expertise within FSC and PEFC chain of custody and EUTR due diligence auditing and worked for over five years with the timber industry in the UK and Ireland.
Christian Sloth - Forest Legality Programme Manager, NEPCon
Christian has more than 10 years’ experience in wood products, timber legality and natural resource project management. He has expert knowledge and experience in management of legality verification programs, development of standards and procedures, forest legality verification, and forest products risk assessments. He has participated extensively in the EU stakeholder process on the development of EUTR Due Diligence Requirements. He has global working experience in many countries, especially in Europe and Asia. Christian has MSc in Land Use in Developing Countries and MSc in Agroforestry.
This workshop was conducted as part of the joint project ‘Supporting Legal Timber Trade’ aimed at supporting timber-related companies in Europe with knowledge, tools and training in the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation. Knowing your timber’s origin is not only good for the forests, but good for business. The joint project was funded by the EU LIFE programme and UK aid from the UK government.