Rapid Response Assessment on Illegal Timber Trade


Illegal timber trade continues to have implications for the environment, people and livelihoods, and national economies. Therefore, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has recently asked the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) to initiate and coordinate a global scientific assessment on illegal timber trade in the frame of CPF’s Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP).

While numerous scientific publications and studies are available on illegal timber trade, the scientific information has not yet been systematically assessed and synthesized. Furthermore, future political decisions on the topic would benefit significantly from independent scientific input. In terms of the "level of political attention", the topic "illegal timber trade" is just about to reach the "peak" (e.g. taking into account the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on international wildlife crime).

The new assessment will follow a slightly different format compared to the previous full-scale scientific assessments and will be carried out as a Rapid Response assessment. The goal of the new GFEP Rapid Response on Illegal Timber Trade is to produce a high-quality synthesis report on the topic by December 2016, thus providing a scientific contribution to ongoing discussions on illegal timber trade in international policy fora. The assessment will address all main aspects of the subject matter, including: timber flows; socio-economic drivers of illegal timber trade; social, economic and ecological impacts; as well as possible responses at political and management levels. 

GFEP Rapid Response will build on the expertise of up to ten selected experts as the main authors, who will prepare and present the various aspects of illegal timber trade during a scientific conference. Those presentations will follow the outline of a synthesis report and provide the basis for a Policy Brief, which will be produced as follow-up to the conference.


Main themes and timeline of the assessment


Panel Activities


Fighting Wildlife Crime by Fighting Illegal Timber Trade

Article published on the occasion of the World Environment Day, 5 June.


Photo showing IUFRO-GFEP’s A Purret during Plenary session at CITES CoP 17
IUFRO-GFEP's A Purret during Plenary session at CITES CoP 17
Picture showing Scientific Expert Meeting held by GFEP in Vienna, September 2016
Scientific Expert Meeting held by GFEP in Vienna, September 2016
Photo showing Participants of the Scoping Meeting in Nairobi.
Participants of the Scoping Meeting in Nairobi. Photo: Andre Purret, IUFRO

CITES CoP17 - 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and
27th Meeting of the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group
Johannesburg, South Africa; 24 September - 5 October 2016.

Agenda INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group - Report

Scientific Expert Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panels Rapid Response (GFEP RR) assessment on Illegal Timber Trade
Vienna, Austria; 20-21 September 2016.

Report 


Scoping Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panels Rapid Response (GFEP RR) assessment on Illegal Timber Trade

Nairobi, Kenya; 18-19 May 2016.

Draft Agenda - List of Participants - Minutes