You are here

Washington Forest Legality Week 2018

Building on the tradition of “Washington Forest Legality Week” that WRI hosted last year, we are pleased to announce that WRI will host the second Washington Forest Legality Week, October 23-25, with the generous support and cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service.

Join the conversation: #legalityweek

Washington Forest Legality Week is intended to enable dialogue and inspire action and partnerships to more effectively implement and monitor timber trade legality and due diligence measures. It is a multi-stakeholder, international event, drawing stakeholders from governments, the private sector, civil society, the scientific community, and service providers such as timber certification bodies. The main meeting will take place over three days, and is designed to accommodate a range of side meetings and interactions convened during the entire week by partner organizations.

This year’s tentative agenda includes panels on the Congo Basin, focusing on the private sector and on independent monitoring; the use of blockchain technologies for supply chain management; forest landscape restoration and legality concerns in Latin America; early warning remote sensing systems for illegal logging; shifting source countries for wood products, the related risks, and the implications for due diligence; and illegalities in Eastern European timber supplies.

Agenda

Tuesday, October 23

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Opening Remarks

Chip Barber, Director, Forest Legality Initiative, World Resources Institute (WRI)

1:30 PM

Forest Legality in the Congo Basin, Part I: Shifting Dynamics in the Private Sector

Moderator: Marie Vallee, WRI

Speakers

  • Stephane Glannaz, Precious Woods
  • Gagan Gupta, Olam
  • Nicolas Pillet, Le Commerce du Bois
  • Caroline Duhesme, Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT)

3:00 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM

Forest Legality in the Congo Basin, Part II: Independent Monitoring—What’s Next?

Moderator: Eric Essomba, Environmental Investigation Agency

Speakers

  • Igerha Bampa, Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestiere (OGF)
  • Serge Moukouri, Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG)
  • Valerie Vauthier, Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM)
  • Nicolas Pillet, Le Commerce du Bois

5:30 PM

No-Host networking drinks, location tbd


Wednesday, October 24

8:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM

High Risk Timber from Eastern Europe and Ukraine: Recent Investigations and Responses

Speakers

  • Sam Lawson, Earthsight Observations
  • David Gehl, Environmental Investigation Agency
  • Johannes Zahnen, WWF Germany

10:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM

Shifting Trade Patterns of Timber Products: Legal and Economic Implications

Moderator: Kerstin Canby, Forest Trends

Speakers

  • Indroneil Ganguly, Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR), University of Washington
  • Kip Howlett, Decorative Hardwoods Association
  • TBC, Forest Trends

12:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Timber Legality Concerns in Forest Landscape Restoration Moderator: Guillermo Navarro Monge, FAO FLEGT Programme

Speakers

  • Rene Zamora, WRI
  • Maria Ines Miranda, Good Wood
  • Richard Gyimah, Forestry Commission Ghana (TBC)

3:00 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM

Blockchain and Timber Supply Chains: Silver Bullet or Hype?

Most people have heard of “blockchain” technology and how it has the potential to “revolutionize” electronic financial transactions and, possibly, the integrity and security of natural resources supply chains. But few people in the community concerned with forest legality have much experience with applying blockchain to timber supply chains. This panel will introduce blockchain technology and explore perspectives on its potentials and pitfalls with respect to timber legality and supply chain integrity.

Moderator: Chip Barber, WRI

Speakers

  • Alan Laubsch, Generation Blue
  • Christian Sloth, NEPCon
  • Cindy Squires, International Wood Products Association
  • Phil Guillery, Forestry Stewardship Council

5:15 PM

A Dialogue on Key Forest Issues with the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service and the President of WRI

Moderator: James Astill, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist

Keynote Speakers:

  • Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief, U.S. Forest Service
  • Andrew Steer, President & CEO, WRI

6:00 PM

Reception

7:30 PM

Special Event: Premiere screening of a short documentary film—Antamiki— featuring insights from the Peruvian Amazon,

With live music, Q&A, and reception to follow


Thursday, October 25

8:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM

Early Warning Remote Sensing Systems and Illegal Logging, Part I: Current capability to detect illegal logging from space and new developments

Moderator: Alex Moad, U.S. Forest Service – International Programs

Speakers

  • Matt Hansen, University of Maryland
  • Mikaela Weisse, WRI
  • Ruth Nogueron, WRI

10:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM

Early Warning Remote Sensing Systems and Illegal Logging, Part II: Application of remote sensing in law enforcement and with local communities

Moderator: Alex Moad, U.S. Forest Service – International Programs

Speakers

  • Tom Bewick, Rainforest Foundation US
  • Matt Finer, Amazon Conservation
  • Alvaro Samayoa, Astrosat
  • George Porto-Ferreira, IBAMA

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks, followed by Lunch

Forests

Stay Connected