New standards to stop illegal timber trade

Published:  16 December, 2011

LONDON: A new, fast track guidance standard will help the timber industry meet the new European Timber Regulation which comes into effect in March.

The World Wildlife Fund is working with the British Standards Institution to develop the new publicly available specification that supports the work of the Global Forest and Trade Network set up by Wildlife Fund in 1991, to promote sustainable forest management.

Reliable supplies of credibly certified wood are still limited, and trade in wood and paper from illegal or controversial sources continues, says the Wildlife Fund

The specification will build on Global Forest and Trade Network's methodology for responsible sourcing of forest goods, and is expected to help business in the UK affected by the regulation to identify and meet the requirements of the new European Timber Regulation legislation to improve traceability of timber and provide a framework for robust verification and to mitigate the risk of illegal timber in supply chains.

A draft standard is expected for public consultation in the early summer.

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