China intends to revise its Forest Law to facilitate the sustainable development of forest resources

author:RIFPI,CAF

The draft of the revised Forest Law of the People’s Republic of China was reviewed twice during the 11th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress in 2019, indicating that China is using a legal approach to facilitate the development of a modern forest sector and promote an ecological civilization. The draft of the revised Forest Law includes Article 64 mandating timber processing enterprises to set up the account of materials and products, and not to procure timber from illegal sources. As stated by the officials of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, there is an urgent need to revise the current Forest Law to provide legal support for forestry reforms.

The Forest Law of the People’s Republic of China entered into force in 1958. The law has played a significant role in facilitating the conservation, cultivation and reasonable utilization of forest resources. The Forest Law was later revised twice in 1998 and 2009, and it was included in the legislative plan of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in 2013. However, there was no substantial progress in the revision until June 2019 when the draft of the revised Forest Law was reviewed during the Thirteenth National People’s Congress.

The second review of the draft was held during the Thirteenth National People’s Congress in October 2019. The Chinese Government solicited opinions on the second draft from the 31st of October to the 29th of November 2019. The public consultation has now closed.