Oct 17 2022
Oct 21 2022
Forest Legality Week 2022
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Version en français, ci-dessous

This year’s event will take place as a hybrid event and will focus on a range of topics, including an update on implementation of timber legality regulations, the evolving policy landscape for international cooperation on forest governance, an update on early warning systems for deforestation, policy responses to deforestation in commodity supply chains, timber traceability systems, and a regional focus on the Amazon basin.  

If you plan to attend FLW in person, register here

If you plan to attend FLW virtually, register here

Please note that there is a different registration link for in-person and virtual participation. In-person participation is limited due to COVID restrictions, so please let us know if you can no longer attend after registering. Before registering and attending the in-person version of Forest Legality Week, please review WRI's COVID safety disclaimer. WRI reserves the right to put in place safety protocols for events hosted at our office. For any questions or concerns, contact us at

Tuesday, October 18th 2022
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Regional focus: Amazon Basin - part 1 
  • Moderator: Diana Movius, Climate Advisers
  • TBC, Instituto Igarapé
  • Tara Ganesh, Earthsight
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Regional focus: Amazon Basin - part 2 
  • Moderator: Diana Movius, Climate Advisers
  • Rodrigo Botero, Fundacíon para la Conservación y el Desarrollo, Colombia
  • Magaly Avila, ProEtica

Wednesday, October 19th 2022
8:30 am to 10:00 am: Regulating timber: updates and new developments  
  • Moderator: Bo Li, WRI
  • Jesse Mahoney, Embassy of Australia to the United States
  • Sheng Sun, Vermont Law School
  • Stephanie Cappa, WWF
  • TBD, European Commission
10:30 am to 12:00 pm: International engagement on forest governance  
  • Moderator: Ruth Noguerón, WRI
  • Jennifer Conje, U.S. Forest Service/Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (APEC-EGILAT)
  • Laurie Dubriel, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Paolo Cerruti, CIFOR
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Updates on early warning systems for monitoring forests 
  • Moderator: Sasha Gottlieb, U.S. Forest Service
  • Liz Goldman, WRI
  • Matthew Hethcoat, Sheffield University
  • Johannes Reiche, Wageningen University
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Timber traceability systems
  • Moderator: Alvaro Samayoa
  • Ulrich Malessa/Iola Leal, Targeting Natural Resource Corruption
  • David Gehl, EIA
  • Mark van Benthem, Probos
  • Tobias Stäuble, Independent Consultant

Thursday, October 20th 2022
8:30 am to 10:00 am: Policy options for commodity supply chains: Recent developments  

Presentation with updates on proposed regulatory options in the EU, UK, and U.S., and short "discussion starter" presentations on challenges that need to be addressed, including smallholders, supply-side engagement, harmonization and alignment of policy proposals, and transparency, traceability and monitoring.

  • Moderator: Michael Wolosin, FC Analytics
  • TBD, EIA
  • Javier Ortiz, Tropical Forest Alliance
10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Policy options for commodity supply chains: Addressing challenges to effective policy design and implementation  

Panel discussion with respondents from various sectors (civil society, private sector, multi-stakeholder, etc.)

  • Moderator: Michael Wolosin, FC Analytics
  • Obed Owusu-Addai, EcoCare Ghana


Hosted by partners and open to Forest Legality Week participants. 

Monday, October 17th 2022
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: The Forest Data Partnership: Eliminating supply chain deforestation and catalyzing ecosystem restoration through better data
Hosted by Forest Data Partnership (hybrid event)

This side event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Forest Data Partnership, a 5-year partnership aiming to create conditions that enable all actors – governments, producers, traders, and financiers – to access consistent, open-source and validated geospatial data related to forest-risk commodities. Coordinated by the World Resources Institute (WRI) with support from USAID and the U.S. Department of State, the partnership brings together leading organizations, governments and private sector partners to collectively address the challenge of improving land use data. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WRI will lead the development of the data ecosystem by convening public and private sector stakeholders, providing governance and facilitation, and maintaining technical facilities for implementation. SERVIR, a joint initiative of NASA, USAID and leading geospatial organizations, will build capacity to use geospatial data at national and regional levels through its network of hubs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Google will support the initiative as the key technology partner and platform provider. Unilever will serve as the private sector lead for launching the ecosystem and coordinating private sector involvement. For more information about this side meeting, contact Sophie Labaste,

Friday, October 21st 2022
9:00 am to 10:30 am: Independent Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin: Taking Stock
Hosted by WRI (hybrid event)

WRI and partners REM and FLAG recently published a report summarizing over 10 years of experience in the Congo Basin with independent forest monitoring. This event will provide an opportunity for discussing the report recommendations on how to further strengthen and expand the independent forest monitoring model. For more information about this side meeting, contact Sophie Labaste,