Tracing timber origin

Tracing timber origin

Independent tools are needed to verify the geographic origin of timber. Why? To curb the trade in illegal timber. To verify whether timber is produced without causing deforestation. Or to create transparency in the timber production chain.

It is increasingly important for the timber industry to provide evidence on the origin of traded wood. International legislation such as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the future EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) require documents and certificates on origin. Yet, these can be falsified. Therefore, it is important to independently verify wood origin, based on the properties of the wood.

At Timtrace, we develop and test methods to verify the claimed origin of tropical timber.

These methods can help timber trading companies to support the paper trail showing they source timber legally and create transparency in their value chain. It can help governmental authorities to verify trade claims and combat the illegal timber trade. And it enables environmental organizations to verify the origin of traded timber.


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