The Seattle Dialogue (Development and Scaling of Innovative Technologies for Wood Identification) was convened to explore the ways in which emerging technologies for wood identification can more effectively contribute to combating illegal logging and associated trade, which is widely recognized as a key forest management and natural resources crime issue. This is a summary of the plenary sessions and key points.
The Forest Legality Alliance convened its members and partners on July 6 and 7 in the new Harmon Conference Center at World Resources Institute headquarters in Washington, D.C. With the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) scheduled for the end of September, most of the meeting was focused on the growing profile of timber species in the CITES convention. The July meeting was the last FLA gathering to be convened under WRI’s C
Timber consumer countries should join forces and coordinate legislative measures to eliminate illegally sourced timber from their markets
Wil de Jong, Mari Momii and Daisuke Naito
An ITTO project has helped develop DNA fingerprinting and other tools for verifying claims about timber species and geographic origin in tropical Africa.
Survey conducted by Bernuth and Williamson in November 2014.
Decisions regarding the purchase and use of wood and paper-based products can have far-reaching, long-term impacts on the forests where they are harvested and the people and industries that depend on those forests for their livelihoods and raw materials.
This joint WRI/WBCSD publication provides information about 10 key issues procurement managers might address as they develop and implement their procurement policies:
Origin: Where do the products come from?
This publication provides a brief overview of the various forensic methods available to supplement current timber tracking information systems. They can help verify the accuracy of existing documents and increase transparency in the timber trade. Some methods described include:
- DNA analysis
- Stable isotopes
- Microscopic wood species identification
- Remote sensing
- Fiber Analyses