We are committed to validating credible supply chains and supporting a legal forest sector and to protect forests at scale to enable us to meet the climate challenge.
One of the effective ways of reaching these goals is if we start using forensic sciences to ensure that we know, where our timber comes from and what it is. To do this we need to build the world’s largest geo-referenced forest sample collection.
There are three ways you can get involved in World Forest ID:
We are already collecting samples ourselves and we invite you to participate in our mission by collecting in the forests that are important to you.
Companies can contribute credible samples from their supply base in the WFID collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew by asking an independent third party to help collect samples.
Concession and rights holders can also volunteer to contribute samples of their forests to allow validation of their products in trade and protect themselves against illegal logging. Similarly governments from producer country can underpin national timber legality claims with objective scientific methods.
All samples must be collected by independent third parties trained in using the WFID protocol and tools. This is how we ensure the integrity of the samples gathered and can guarantee that our data can be used to law enforcement and due diligence verification.
Collecting samples for the World Forest ID partnership gives everyone a chance to demonstrate their willingness to support responsible sourcing, tackle illegal logging and protect forests in perpetuity.
The costs for collecting can vary depending on the species and forests to be sampled. Please contact us for more information at email@example.com
Every day hundreds of thousands of forest products are traded globally.
WFID is working to ensure they are all legally sourced.
CONTROL SUPPLY CHAINS
Every day hundreds of thousands of shipments containing forest products are traded globally – some shipments containing raw timber, others sawn lumber, and part or finished products.
In many countries imported forest products have to be compliant with regulations that demand traders to accurately identify the species and origin of their products.
However as these regulations bite, the document and audit based systems that companies often use to undertake the necessary due diligence are increasingly vulnerable to fraud.
Authentication sciences offer a way of validating species and origin declarations through simple comparison of samples against reference material.
Today there are very few geo-referenced forest samples available in open source collections, but WorldForestID is changing that.
And we hope to go further – providing an independent validation infrastructure for whole supply chains, from brand owners to manufacturers and forest owners. To do this we need your help as a company, forest owner or brand owner to help build our collection by gathering samples.
Experts estimate that up to 30% of global forest products trade is illegal.
Tracking forest products through complex global supply chains currently depends on paper-based audit trails which can be easily manipulated to hide the true origin and species composition of forest products.
The growing pervasiveness of the trade in illegal forest products is fuelling the climate crisis, harming forest-dependent communities, and damaging fragile ecosystems.
Traders in illegal timber also undercut the prices of legitimate forest products and rob governments in many poor countries of much needed revenue. The United Nations Environmental Programme has estimated the annual value of illegal logging to be as high as 152 billion dollars.
Many countries now have laws making it illegal to import illegal wood products, including the United States, European Union, Australia and South Korea. In addition, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) places restrictions on harvest and trade on many threatened tree species.
However, enforcement is hampered without some way to objectively validate the species and point of harvest of traded forest products.
The WFID consortium has coordinated closely with law enforcement agencies to develop legally robust collection and verification protocols, tools and reference databases, which can be used by officials around the world to enforce these laws and protect vulnerable forests.
If you are interested in learning more or utlitizing our collected data as a law enforcement agency, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illegal logging negatively impacts
global wood prices, ecosystems and communities