Responsible forest management provides renewable raw material for a wide range of products, supports livelihoods for millions of people, and preserves biodiversity and climate benefits. However, in many regions, illegal logging is having devastating impacts, including widespread deforestation, biodiversity loss, and greenhouse gas emissions. It also deprives nations of public revenue and can lead to social conflict and human rights violations. Globally, it is estimated that illegal logging accounts for 15-30% of forest production.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Forest Legality Alliance in 2010 to address these challenges. The Alliance is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative designed to achieve better forest governance and biodiversity conservation by reducing demand for illegally harvested forest products and increasing the capacity of supply chains to deliver legal wood and paper.
Visit the Alliance website for more information and to access its resources. This includes the Risk Information Tool and the Sustainable Procurement Guide. The Risk tool is a resource designed to present key information about the sourcing of forest products that is searchable by country or by species. The Guide provides a general overview of the key issues related to sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products, and links to sources of help.