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Timber traceability – A management tool for governments

Case studies from Latin America










FAO and WRI. 2022. Timber traceability – A management tool for governments. Case studies from Latin America. Rome. 




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    Benin: Government agency blazes a trail for traceability 2017
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    Tracing wood back to the forest it came from is essential to eliminating illegal logging. The National Timber Office of Benin (ONAB), with assistance from the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme, established an innovative traceability system for its teak plantations that helps prevent illegal logging, transport or sale of state timber. ONATRACK uses smartphones to send real-time information from the forest to the office, and uses barcodes to track the timber. Th is is a first step to demonstrating that timber is produced legally, and will eventually increase market access for the small and medium enterprises that process and export state timber. The system is so successful it is now used in all state plantations in Benin, positioning the country as a traceability leader in West Africa.
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    Guidance document: Advancing end-to-end traceability
    Critical tracking events and key data elements along capture fisheries and aquaculture value chains
    2023
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    The Guidance document: “Advancing end-to-end traceability along capture fisheries and aquaculture value chains” responds to a critical need for consensus towards establishing end-to-end traceability through globally agreed and standardized understanding of the critical tracking events (CTEs) along the fish value chain, as well as sources of key data elements (KDEs) related to fish production and product identification. In particular, the Guidance aims at developing insights and addressing gaps in developing and implementing traceability systems for both the private sector and government. Supported by deliberations through various consultations between 2021 and 2022, it also provides technical advice in the enforcement and adequate verification of traceability in fish value chains and seeks to act as a benchmark of existing traceability systems to evaluate their efficacy and identify associated gaps. The document addresses these objectives through the identification of CTEs and KDEs along the fish value chain (sections 3 and 4) and, where possible, the identification of supporting standards based on the standards and guidelines of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST). It includes discussion and recommendation narrative (sections 5 and 6) whereby the overarching takeaways and advice is to: a) identify and define standardized KDEs and CTEs for commercial and regulatory traceability; and b) follow strict due diligence using a holistic and integrated approach involving all stakeholders at legal, commercial and operational level prior to commitment.
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    Colombia: stakeholders unite to support legal timber
    Intersectoral Pact for Legal Timber has helped introduce concept of “legal timber” into everyday vocabulary
    2018
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    Colombia is the first country in Latin America to introduce an Intersectoral Pact for Legal Timber (PIML, its initials in Spanish), which has become a model for the region. The PIML was launched in 2009 with 24 organizations and, eight years later, includes 70 public and private sector organizations. This pact has stimulated discussion and action on legal timber — wood from legal sources that is extracted, traded and used. Work to establish legal timber been led by the Colombian Ministry for the Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS, its acronym in Spanish) together with civil society, local communities and the private sector. The initiative is supported in part through financial and technical contributions by the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme. The PIML contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources to eradicate poverty and eliminate hunger.

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