This guide and resource kit provides simple, clear information about 10 key issues related to sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products....
Illegal logging drives deforestation in many countries, robbing national governments and local communities of valuable income and contributing to global biodiversity loss and climate change. Apart from its environmental and economic damage, illegal logging can fuel corruption, and is sometimes linked to organized crime and violent social conflict.
A new guide, Sourcing Legally Produced Wood: A Guide for Business, provides four actions companies can take to source legal wood. The guide aims to help companies avoid illicit logging in their supply chains—both for the good of the world’s forests and their own bottom lines.
This booklet provides an overview of key legality issues that businesses should consider when purchasing wood and paper-based products.
Reducing illegal logging by supporting the supply and procurement of legal and sustainable forest products
The global market for wood and other forest products is changing quickly. The industry has long struggled to address the problem of illegal logging, which damages diverse and valuable forests and creates economic losses of up to $10 billion a year. In some wood-producing countries, illegal logging accounts for 50-90 percent of total production.
But recent developments indicate that we may be turning a corner: Illegal logging rates worldwide have declined by about 20 percent since 2008.
This was the topic on everyone’s minds at the recent Forest Legality Alliance meeting in Washington, D.C. This meeting brought together nearly 100 members and experts representing a wide array of companies, trade associations, NGOs, and governments involved in the harvest, manufacturing, and trade of legally produced forest products.
Resources and the regime
Uses satellite and field data to assess the impact of unsustainable logging on Burma's forests and establishes a link between logging policy, deforestation, and the political violence that has plagued the country in recent years.
Opportunity in a time of crisis
Recommends policies to promote renewed forest stewardship and sound environmental management neglected during the Mobutu dictatorship and civil war. Argues that proper husbanding of the country's forest resources can act as a stimulant to economic growth....
Ecosystems and Economies on the Edge
Offers the first scientific assessment of the world's large, intact natural forests and graphically depicts the extent of human impacts on global forests....
Reaping revenue from Guyana's tropical forests without destroying them...
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Identifies key steps Guyana can take for sustainable forestry management, providing both concrete proposals for immediate and long-term action...