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Ensuring sustainable practices and effective regulation throughout trade supply chains is the focus of our work within timber trade © A. Walmsley / TRAFFIC

sustainable timber trade facilitating strengthened legislation and sustainable harvesting

Ensuring sustainable practices and effective regulation throughout trade supply chains is the focus of our work within timber trade © A. Walmsley / TRAFFIC

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working towards sustainable timber trade

Timber is the world’s most valuable wildlife commodity in trade, employing millions of people throughout supply chains across the globe. But if current levels of mismanagement, illegal activity and unsustainable practices continue, some of the world's most precious ecosystems could disappear within a matter of decades.

TRAFFIC is working in numerous African countries to help build the systems needed to ensure national and international regulations are effective and understood. This would allow legal, responsible trade to benefit local communities and does not threaten natural biodiversity. We simultaneously work in destination countries for timber, such as in Europe and Asia, to help enforcement agencies detect when threatened timber species are being traded.

US$10 billion

is lost from the global market each year from illegal logging according to the World Bank

Chen Hin Keong, TRAFFIC's Timber trade Programme Leader

Timber trade regulation is a complex issue. But ensuring that those involved understand their sustainability obligations is the only way we can ensure the survival of our rainforests

Chen Hin Keong, TRAFFIC's Timber trade Programme Leader

our overall approaches

training enforcement

identifying processed timber species throughout supply chains can be challenging, so we're providing border officers with training tools

international policy

we recommend on and support adherence to international trade regulations, such as CITES, to help protect threatened species

legality frameworks

we work to ensure that national regulations are understood by companies throughout timber supply chains

projects working towards sustainable timber trade

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