Removing Illegally Logged Tropical Hardwood from Global Supply Chain
Some of the world’s biggest companies and markets are demanding proof that any imports of wood or wood products from their suppliers, are from legal and sustainable sources. Retail giants such as IKEA, Kingfisher and Carrefour have promised to only use certified and legally compliant timber. While The Lacey Act in the United States of America, the European Union Timber Regulation, Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Act and the Japan Clean Wood Act all require evidence of legality. Such laws and purchasing policies, however, can be confusing for producers, importers and traders, who may be unclear on the documentation they need and the standards to which they must comply. This confusion can diminish market opportunities for tropical timber producers—especially those operating at a small scale and with minimal business capacity or support.
TreeTAG is a smartphone-based traceability system designed to help governments and industry remove illegally logged tropical hardwood from the global supply chain. It aims to help legitimate forest communities distinguish their sustainably harvested tropical hardwood from the unsustainable black market timber that is flooding the market, depressing global prices and fuel illegal deforestation. They hope that by doing this, they can support the industry as they seek to channel their dollars towards these communities and help them secure a fairer price and the income they require to maintain and protect their forests for future generations.
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