The new ruling is aimed at prohibiting the placing of
illegally produced wood products in to the EU market to help combat the unlawful
felling of trees. The authorities hope the new measures will help combat
climate change and deforestation of rainforests. Illegal logging not only deprives governments of tax revenue, but
encourages corruption and bad practice, has a negative impact on social
infrastructures and human well-being, causes the loss of long-term security and
income for forest-based communities, the loss of long-term supplies of timber
threatening both quantity and quality, as well as causing the degradation and
clearing of forests and consequent loss of habitats for plants and animals. John Roberts, Managing Director of Timbermat Ltd, one of the
largest stockists of [link url=”http://www.timbermat.co.uk/products”]Timber Mats[/link] in the UK, said his company is already
ensuring its imported wood meets the new EU Timber Regulations well ahead of
March 2013 deadline and can produce certificates of origin for all of its
ground protection solutions to show they meet all regulations and legal
requirements. For years contractors have used the African wood Ekki for outside
construction because it requires no preservative treatment and is therefore
entirely benign to the environment, the worker and the public, making it ideal
for temporary road and pedestrian surfaces. ‘Unfortunately due to the new EU
Timber Regulations, companies may have to seek alternative materials to Ekki for
their work,’ said Mr Roberts. ‘Ekki will still be imported into the UK but in
much smaller quantities and this is likely to impact on its price.’ ‘Our wood experts are well aware of the new EU Timber Regulations
and their implications. We have long been anticipating the demise of Ekki as
the new regulations are introduced because of the implications on tropical
timber. That is why we have been researching alternative woods which have
similar qualities to Ekki. These are more sustainable species and are more
widely available with no threat to the environment.’ For more information contact Timbermat on 0161 442
3157 or visit the website www.timbermat.co.uk

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