January 21, 2021

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Vietnam Vows To Strengthen Timber Laws To Avoid U.S. Tariffs

To avoid the threat of punitive U.S. tariffs - due to allegations that Vietnam is importing illegal timber - Vietnam has promised to strengthen regulations and to buy more American lumber. The U.S. is the largest market for Vietnamese wood products, worth an estimated $6.5 billion in 2020.

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Commerce Drops Review Of Chinese Furniture Producer

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UK Applies Post-Brexit Tariffs To Wood Products

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Michel Tremblay Passes

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A "Bold Plan" To Save Africa’s Largest Forest: Community Ownership

In December 2018, a revolutionary program in DR Congo gave ownership of 4,100 hectares of forest to the 300 residents of Nkala. Now, it looks like community ownership could become a powerful tool to stop the decline of the Congo Basin rainforest.

New Study Shows Deforestation Hotspots

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