The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research in collaboration with the University of Adelaide and Double Helix Tracking Technology is organizing a Closing Workshop for the project “Developing DNA-based Chain of Custody Systems for Legally-Sourced Teak”. The Event will bring together stakeholders from the field of research, private timber identification service providers, policy and NGO’s from different teak producing countries like Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand. Please find the Workshop Programme and Invitation here.
The project “Developing DNA-based Chain of Custody Systems for Legally-Sourced Teak” aimed to develop DNA-based legality verification and chain of custody systems for teak in Laos, Indonesia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. In Myanmar and Thailand, it targeted at making sure the teak DNA database represents the SE Asian natural forest and plantations from which teak is harvested.
Teak is one of the most important commercial timber species in the world. Its timber is durable and water resistant, and is used for boats, buildings, veneer, carving, turnings, and furniture. Illegally logged timber products, including teak, can enter markets through mixing legitimate supply chains and associated document fraud.
The project aimed at making legality compliance systems more efficient, reduce barriers for smallholders and wood manufacturing SMEs, and help Australia to restrict the import of illegally sourced timber.
Unfortunately registrations for the workshop is closed already, but in case you would still like to participate please contact jomaine(at)doublehelixtracking.com.