protect forests with science

Using georeferenced wood samples to verify timber origin and species.

All timber has unique scientific attributes that can help identify where it was harvested. With WorldForestID we make this information available to help companies and authorities perform good due diligence and help protect our forests.

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We now invite you to particpate in our mission by joining us in collecting samples from the forests that are of interest to you.

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We have reinvented how sample collection is done at scale on a global level.

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The World Forest ID is a global consortium of renowned organisations.

We are reinventing how science can be used to verify the legal origin of timber. 

All timber has unique attributes that can help identify where it was harvested. The chemical composition of the wood can be used to prove that timber is actually harvested from where it is claimed.

For example, verification can easily be done through comparison of any given timber’s isotope profile with that of wood collected from area of harvest.

This does require that we have verified location of wood samples from all forests around the globe to use as a reference database. Samples are collected by independent third parties and made available for science, due diligence and enforcement.

We are making that a reality by building the world’s largest geo-referenced wood sample collection.

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Latest Reports and publications

Paper: ID of Sapotaceae Species

To enforce timber import laws and perform timber species identification, the identity of the botanical species must be well-defined. Since the Sapotaceae family is known as a taxonomically challenging family, we focus in this study on the four most valuable Sapotaceae timber species from tropical Africa: Autranella congolensis (De Wild.) A.Chev., Baillonella toxisperma Pierre, Tieghemella africana Pierre and Tieghemella heckelii (A.Chev.) Pierre ex Dubard. The wood anatomical characteristic fiber lumen fraction and Direct Analysis in Real Time—Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (DART-TOFMS) were used to differentiate the four species and to make inferences on species delineation and taxonomic identity.

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Study : Verifying claims

Creating verifiable timber origin claims from the Solomon Islands: This study sought to establish scientific methodology to assess geographic origin claims of timber declared to have originated from the Solomon Islands to enable operators to carry out due diligence analysis and permit members of Law Enforcement to conduct forensic investigations.

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Study: Protecting forests

Protecting forest in Gabon with Stable Isotope testing: This study aimed to assess the differences in stable isotope ratio profile of a variety of timber samples collected from two FSC concessions in Gabon, for the purposes of origin classification, and to enable operators and Law Enforcement agencies to carry out due diligence checks and forensic investigations.

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