Over the past five years the WFID Consortium has worked to formalize how best to collect, ship and curate collected samples:

  • A novel, non-destructive tree sampling device has been successfully developed and tested on multiple species in remote forest locations
  • Adaptable sampling protocols that have been applied in 15 countries
  • A mobile phone app so that WFID field-collection teams can reliably gather in-forest data at the sampled tree, ensuring transparency and traceability of reference sample locations
  • Practical training and sample methodologies for individual samplers collecting a few samples, also for large expedition teams collecting 100s of samples.
  • Sampling kits for collection expeditions and audit collections

To date the WFID Consortium has collected over 700 geo-referenced wood samples from 6 countries. Samples are shipped to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew under internationally agreed export and import arrangements where they are quarantined before being analyzed and accessioned into the WFID reference collection.

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WFID has also worked to engage with key stakeholder groups and has:

  • Established partnerships with forest authorities and NGOs, as well as community and private sector forest enterprises
  • Over 1 billion media hits of WFID’s activities from outlets such as, BBC, CNN, PBS, Journal of Nature, New York Times, the Guardian, Science News, and other local outlets
  • Developed legally robust protocols for collection and verification in coordination with regulatory enforcement in producer and consumer countries
  • Garnered support from local and international NGOs to build reference sample database
  • Motivated FSC to continue to integrate sampling and wood ID technologies into its policies, standards and supply chain integrity investigations for 2020 and onwards.

In the video below WorldForestID sample collection in Gabon is explained and shown in practice on the Gabonese News channel G24.


In 2020-2021 the WFID Consortium plans to double the number of geo-referenced samples focusing upcoming sampling expeditions on species and locations important to international trade in timber.