The non-profit organization NEPCon (Nature Economy and People Connected) has launched an open source hub – NEPCon Sourcing Hub, that provides Timber Legality Risk Assessments for more than 60 countries around the world.
The hub is a helping tool in the process of meeting the EU Timber Regulation and carrying out due diligence related to EUTR.
More than 100 timber legality tools are available, such as country specific risk mitigation guide and list of legislation to help identify timber supply chains.
The risk assessments are developed in collaboration with local forest legality experts, whereas the assessment methodology is developed by NEPCon and FSC. Each country is given a score which is a measure of areas with a risk of timber law being broken. The lower score, the higher risk illegally harvested timber occurring in the country. Different timber sources are also taken into account.
Besides from timber, the NEPCon Sourcing Hub also provide risk assessments regarding beef, soy and palm oil.
The source hub is funded by the European Commission’s LIFE Programme, UK aid (UK Government), DANIDA (Denmark’s development cooperation, part of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).