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
The FLA case study examines Staples' Sustainable Paper Procurement Policy in increasing transparency in its supply chains.
This stakeholder survey gives a sense of the forest legality landscape in late 2012.
Logistics information for FLA meeting attendees.