HC Deb 05 February 1998 vol 305 c759W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what new initiatives her Department is taking to open up markets in Europe for products which emanate from the Amazonian regions from enterprises other than logging. [27097]

Clare Short

In Amazonia and elsewhere, our aim is to promote consistent policies which ensure that economic development and trade in non-timber forest products is managed sustainably, and prevents over-exploitation of natural resources. Within our programme, we support projects which help to identify potential non-timber products and encourage linkages with European and other international markets. We shall continue to look out for further opportunities in this area.