News & Blogs

501c3 Business Development Plan for World Forest ID Consortium

Type: News
The overall objective of this contract is to assist the WFID Advisory Board in the establishment of a 501(c)(3) WFID entity, suggestions for the most appropriate business model (e.g. WFID staffing and governance structures) that will be needed to successfully scale WFID program activities through fundraising and partnership building.

WRI and Norway Partner on Forest Legality and Transparency

Type: News
WRI and the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) are partnering on a new initiative, “Removing Transparency and Legality Obstacles to Implementing REDD+: Mobilizing New Technologies to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade.”

Event Summary: Development and Scaling of Innovative Technologies for Wood Identification

Type: News
The Seattle Dialogue was convened to help harness wood identification (“wood ID”) technologies as part of efforts to combat illegal logging and associated trade. The meeting brought together some 60 participants, including many of the most renowned wood ID scientists in the United States (and several from overseas), with representatives of federal and state government agencies, key international institutions, NGOs, and illegal logging policy experts.

Save The Date: Washington Forest Legality Week 2017

Type: News
Building on the tradition of the Forest Legality Alliance semi-annual partners’ meeting that WRI hosted in past years, we are pleased to announce that WRI will host the first “Washington Forest Legality Week” October 17-19, with the generous support and cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service.

BVRio Launches Responsible Timber Exchange

Type: News
Today BVRio Environmental Exchange launched the Responsible Timber Exchange, a trading platform seeking to assist traders and buyers of timber exercise due diligence through an integrated risk assessment system.

New Forest Trends data shows expansion in enforcement of timber legality regulations

Type: News
A recent survey by the research institute Forest Trends has provided the first systematic and publicly available assessment of the scale and type of enforcement activities under the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act and Regulation.

IWPA Launches National Due Care Training Program for Wood Trade Professionals

Type: News
On the heels of Lumber Liquidator’s $13.5 million settlement with the Department of Justice on Customs Law and Lacey Act violations, the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) has launched a nationwide due care training program for wood trade professionals to help them establish standard operating procedures to comply with the Lacey Act.

Consolidation de la plateforme de suivi en ligne des indicateurs de légalité APV-FLEGT au Congo

Type: News
Au Congo, une plateforme a été développée afin de rendre publiques les informations sur l'exploitation forestière et autres éléments clés du plan d'Action FLEGT : la plateforme FTI-FLEGT.

FLEGT enters a new era with major news on licensing

Type: News
The Presidents of Indonesia, the European Commission and the European Council today confirmed that Indonesia has met the final major requirement of its Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU and is on course to become the world’s first country to issue FLEGT licences.

European Commission evaluates EU Timber Regulation implementation: finds progress but needs more effort

Type: News
The European Commission (EC) recently released a report that evaluates the first two years of implementation of the EU Timber Regulation, which went into effect on March 3, 2013. Since then, some Member States have developed guidance and campaigns to publicize the requirements of the regulation and taken action against operators who are not in compliance.