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Today we have five types of timber tracking tools available. Each has its own strengths and limitations (see the Timber Tracking Tool Infogram), but together they offer a broad range of methods that can assist us in identifying the botanical as well as the geographic origin (provenance) of most kinds of timber samples, even those smaller than 1 cm³...
USERS OF THIS GUIDE: Authorities, traders, importers and all others interested in the current capacity of timber tracking methods for the taxonomy and geographical origin of timber (products). AIM OF THIS GUIDE: Inform about the scientific methods available for timber tracking (taxonomy and origin) and on the laboratories offering these identifica...
To fight illegal logging and the related trade we will need all researchers to combine expertise and exchange experiences on all levels from field work, over lab work to data analysis and interpretation. The aim of this guide is to inform on what expertise is available where and to advise on how to run successful global partnerships, where the mate...
Report of the virtual event was organised to introduce the Service Provider Directory and the Reference Database, discuss its features and provide training for uploading data on samples and reference data. Participants tested the information system and assessed some questions on layout, user friendliness, and functionality. Participants also prese...
The Global Timber Tracking Network organized an Asia Regional Workshop in Dachang, Peoples Republic of China on 22-23 May 2019 in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Forestry and the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA). The workshop brought together key scientists, who are developing the wood authentication methods, stakeholders...
Rising demands for a multitude of forest products and ecosystem services worldwide, ask for new forest management concepts. One approach is integrated forest management. It aims at incorporating multiple societal demands within managed forests. Such approaches will lead to conflicts of interest and asks for trade-offs. Good practices already applied by different actors need to be identified, communicated and if suitable adapted to local conditions. Thus, the exchange of scientific and practical knowledge and experiences is crucial taking into account stakeholders’ needs and concerns. Having such mechanisms available will help promote more fact-based and objective debates, while increasing the understanding for diverging views and perspectives. The aim of FoReSite project is to: 1. Support the established European Policy Network Integrate in: further developing its strategic profile as nucleus for topics around integrated forest management and seeking options for further continuing its work in the future 2. Emphasize cross-discipline, cross-sector and multi-actor exchange for addressing sensitive issues when managing forests for multiple services based on varying demands and 3. Highlight the use of field training and educational tools as catalysts for better understanding rationales, effects and trade-offs when implementing integrated forest management measures
CLEARING HOUSE will review existing knowledge and will collect new data from large scale analyses, and evidence emerging from the comparative analysis of ten case studies in Europe and China, including a citizen science approach. Knowledge will relate to the social, economic and policy drivers of UF-NBS, their design and implementation, and their impacts on urban ecosystem and human wellbeing across continents. CLEARING HOUSE implements a co-design approach early in the project to ensure that its research programme exactly fits the demand of end-users, and engages stakeholders and scientists in problem-oriented knowledge generation through a set of targeted learning mechanisms. CLEARING HOUSE then develops user-targeted outputs to support cities, planners, business and civil society in implementing UF-NBS. Inter alia, decision support tools such as an online application, a global benchmarking tool and guidelines will provide knowledge on the design, governance and management of UF-NBS, and on sustainable business models relating to them. Target group specific communication and dissemination activities complement the project. These include Sino-European science-policy symposia targeting senior decision-makers, activities targeting businesses and civil society organisations, and measures reaching out to citizens including school children.
The goal of the “Integrated Forest Management Learning Architecture” (INFORMAR) project is to provide the European forest-based sector with better knowledge on how to promote and support the integrative and sustainable use of forest resources in Europe and beyond. Website: https://informar.eu/