GTTN member organization World Resources Institute and the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) are partnering on a new initiative, “Removing Transparency and Legality Obstacles to Implementing REDD+: Mobilizing New Technologies to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade.”
Timber and paper are among the world’s most commonly used and traded commodities. Although legal, sustainable forestry can be a positive force for development, in many regions illegal logging has had devastating impacts. It contributes to deforestation, biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions, deprives nations of much needed public revenue, and can lead to social conflict and human rights violations. REDD+ holds promise for helping countries transition to sustainable forest management, but illegal logging and the associated trade threatens to undermine progress.
The new initiative will:
- Improve how forest information and wood supply chains are managed in Indonesia, Peru and the Congo Basin.
- Help stop the illegal timber trade by encouraging companies, governments, and civil society to adopt new wood identification technologies.
- Empower independent forest monitors to collect and share information on illegal logging and the illegal wood trade, and work with governments and companies to use that information to improve practices.
More information on the initiative you will find here.