Washington Forest Legality Week 2018

World Resources Institute | 10 G St NE, Suite 800 | Washington, DC 20002





Forest Legality Week  

October 23—25, 2018   |   Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, October 23

1:00 PM: Opening Remarks 

Chip Barber, Director, Forest Legality Initiative, World Resources Institute (WRI)

1:30-3:00 PM: Forest Legality in the Congo Basin, Part I:  Shifting Dynamics in the Private Sector

Moderator: Marie Vallee, WRI 


Stephane Glannaz, Precious Woods 

Gagan Gupta, Olam 

Nicolas Pillet, Le Commerce du Bois 

Caroline Duhesme, Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) 

3:30-5:00 PM: Forest Legality in the Congo Basin, Part II:  Independent Monitoring—What’s Next?

Moderator: Marie Vallee, WRI 


Igerha Bampa, Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) 

Serge Moukouri, Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG) 

Valerie Vauthier, Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM) 

Nicolas Pillet, Le Commerce du Bois 

Environmental Investigation Agency (TBC)


Wednesday, October 24

9:00-10:30 PM: High Risk Timber from Eastern Europe and Ukraine:  Recent Research and Investigations

Moderator: Alexander von Bismarck, Environmental Investigation Agency 


Sam Lawson, Earthsight  

David Gehl, Environmental Investigation Agency 

Johannes Zahnen, WWF Germany 

11:00-12:30 PM:Shifting Patterns in the Timber Trade:  Legal and Economic Implications 

Moderator: Kerstin Canby, Forest Trends 


Melissa Blue Sky, Center for International Environmental Law 

Indroneil Ganguly, Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR), University of Washington 

Kip Howlett, Decorative Hardwoods Association 

1:30-3:00 PM: Timber Legality and Forest Landscape Restoration: Fostering Dialogue and Avoiding Unintended Consequences

Moderator: Guillermo Navarro Monge, FAO FLEGT Programme


Rene Zamora, WRI 

Maria Ines Miranda, Good Wood  

Richard Gyimah, Forestry Commission Ghana 

3:30-5:00 PM: Blockchain and Timber Supply Chains: Silver Bullet or Hype? 

Moderator:  Chip Barber, WRI 


Alan Laubsch, Generation Blue 

Cindy Squires, International Wood Products Association 

David Kennan, Timberchain 

Michael Marus, Forest Stewardship Council 

Christian Sloth, NEPCon


Thursday, October 25

9:00-10:30 PM: Early Warning Remote Sensing Systems and Illegal Logging, Part I:  Current Capabilities to Detect Illegal Logging 

Moderator: Alex Moad, U.S. Forest Service – International Programs 


Matt Hansen, University of Maryland 

Mikaela Weisse, WRI 

Ruth Nogueron, WRI 

11:00-12:30 PM: Early Warning Remote Sensing Systems and Illegal Logging, Part II:  Application of Remote Sensing in Law Enforcement and with Local Communities

Moderator: Alex Moad, U.S. Forest Service – International Programs 


Tom Bewick, Rainforest Foundation US 

Tamia Souto, Amazon Conservation 

Alvaro Samayoa, Astrosat 

George Porto-Ferreira, IBAMA

12:30-1:00 PM: Closing Remarks

Craig Hanson, Global Director, Food, Forests and Water Programs, WRI