Logs at FSC certified logging company, East Region, Cameroon

An overview of the timber traceability systems
in Congo Basin countries

Logs at FSC certified logging company, East Region, Cameroon


Published 21 mars 2023


What lessons can Congo basin countries learn from Tanzania’s timber traceability system?

This overview report assesses the region's progress in developing timber traceability systems to reduce additional pressures from over-exploitation due to corruption, insufficient accountability, and illegal logging. It examples how Tanzania’s established timber traceability system may offer valuable lessons to guide Congo Basin countries in a stepwise process to overcome complex models, gain political buy-in and secure government ownership.

An overview of the timber traceability systems in the Congo Basin countries

Report author(s):
Constant Momballa-Mbun, Allen Mgaza, Camilla Floros, Hin Keong Chen

Publication date:
March 2023


  1. Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Equatorial Guinea.
  2. Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade in Timber and Related Products (VPA-FLEGT).

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This report was generously funded by Arcadia via TRAFFIC’s Reducing Trade Threats to Africa’s Wild Species and Ecosystems (ReTTA) Project and NICFI (Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative) via NORAD (The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) Project.

Commission of Central African Forests

A regional dimension to the conservation, sustainable and concerted management of Central African forest ecosystems.

About Arcadia

Arcadia is a charitable foundation that works to protect nature, preserve cultural heritage and promote open access to knowledge. Since 2002 Arcadia has awarded more than $1 billion to organizations around the world.

Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

NICFI is administered by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment in collaboration with Norad – The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The initiative supports bilateral agreements with forest countries, multinational organisations and civil society.