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GFTN/TRAFFIC Partners in Action

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Illegal logging accounts for 15-30 percent of the global timber trade today and has serious repercussions on biodiversity and lives of some of the poorest people in the world.* It also creates unfair inequalities in the private sector and annually results in the loss of US $30-100 billion in revenues and taxes. To ensure that the world's forests are preserved for future generations, and that people live in harmony with nature, it is critical that illegal logging and trade is halted. 

WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, have been working together for a number of years to tackle the issue of illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation, and to build capacity of companies and institutions to tackle the challenges facing the industry. The partnership focuses on concerted action to combat illegal trade of forest products and promote legal trade of forest products, which is the first step in achieving responsible forest management and trade. WWF/GFTN and TRAFFIC are working jointly on this front to ensure that illegal logging is an activity of the past and that it is not a threat to the conservation of nature.  

As part of this partnership, WWF/GFTN and TRAFFIC have produced numerous tools and publications to help companies in their journey towards responsible forest management and trade. The organizations have also collaborated on workshops and training seminars to raise awareness about legality and to train companies and policy makers on new legislations in consumer countries.

This web site features links to all the tools, guides and training materials that have been developed jointly by WWF/GFTN and TRAFFIC, and will include announcements of upcoming events.

Read more about TRAFFIC's timber trade programme here.

Read more about WWF's forest conservation work here. 

* Report: Green Carbon, Black Trade, published by INTERPOL and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Legality Training Modules

In 2013, WWF/GFTN & TRAFFIC held a series of training events for companies that export forest products to Europe, the US and/or Australia to gain a clearer understanding of market-based legislation and national laws applicable to harvest and trade of timber products and to learn practical strategies, tools and mechanisms to reduce their risk of exporting illegal timber.

The modules from the training are available for download here

Legality Frameworks

The Common Framework for Assessing Legality of Forestry Operations, Timber Processing and Trade - also known as the Common Legality Framework - is a simple checklist developed by WWF/GFTN and TRAFFIC to enable governments and companies to access and understand relevant aspects of laws, regulations, administrative circulars and contractual obligations that affect forestry operations, timber processing and trade. When the Common Legality Framework is applied to a specific country, this is known as a National Legality Framework. 

Download the guidance note on the frameworks here

Download the National Legality Frameworks here
This web site is produced by WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network and TRAFFIC, with support from the Responsible Asia Forestry & Trade partnership (RAFT), funded by the Australian and U.S. governments.

RAFT is a regional programme that provides capacity building and knowledge sharing services to Asia Pacific countries in support of their efforts to promote trade in responsibly harvested and manufactured wood products. RAFT is supported by the Australian and U.S. Governments and implemented by a consortium of leading conservation organizations committed to managing and using forests responsibly.
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