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List of Priority Tree Species for the development of reference data for the identification of tree species and their geographic origin

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The Global Timber Tracking Network (GTTN) developed a tree species priority list in 2013 (Ekué, 2013). The list indicated a priority level (low-medium-high) for individual species to inform research and reference data collection for the identification of tree species and their geographic origin. The priority level denotes relative importance or urgency to develop reference data for the species. Following the GTTN Working Group 3 meeting in December 2017, it was agreed to update the 2013 priority species list on the basis of the updated CITES Appendices and the IUCN Red List; statistics on infractions in wood trade; species for which reference data have been or is being developed since the first version of the list; and global trade or market importance of species. !N.B! We will make the manuscript accessible as soon as we can add a DOI.

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