ClientEarth – NGO that focuses on improving the framework and delivery of environmental law. They have been very active on EUTR over the past few years. ClientEarth’s EUTR webpage provides their perspectives in an overview.
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) – Releases up to date news on a number of environmental issues, including deforestation and illegal logging, based on an investigatory approach. They have published reports on the timber trade in Indonesia, China, the UK and US.
FERN – NGO created in 1995 to keep track of the EU’s involvement in forests and coordinates NGO activities at the European level. FERN’s activities look at all aspects that drive deforestation.
Forest Trends – Not-for-profit research/think tank organisation that works to expand the value of forests through their sustainable use and conservation. The work that Forest Trends do in the timber trade comes under their Forest Trade and Finance Initiative. They have a number of timber trade related publications that may be useful when conducting risk assessments. Forest Trends have strong links into China and, over the past few years, have spent increasing time researching the role of the Chinese Industry in the timber trade.
Global Witness – NGO that works to expose the hidden links between demand for natural resources, corruption, armed conflict, and environmental destruction. It compiles reports and investigates instances of illegal logging globally. Their Forests Campaign provides an easy to use search facility that will flag up potentially important documents and concerns about illegal logging.
Greenpeace International – Campaigning organisation that is against industrial logging. Their work consistently identifies weak points in timber supply chains and flags up instances of illegal logging, particularly in forests that can still be considered as “intact”. Their protecting forest pages offer links to particular regions and it is useful to stay abreast of companies under scrutiny or any particular criticisms of certification schemes.
Traffic – Wildlife trade monitoring network. It is one of the leading NGOs that working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development. Traffic has a number of publications on forest issues across the globe, some of which may be useful in carrying out risk assessments.
NEPCON – Non-profit organisation that builds commitment and capacity for mainstreaming sustainability. NEPCON were the first Monitoring Organisation to be recognised by the EC and have a useful Timber Legality website. All of NEPCON’s resources are available “open-source” and they can be contacted to undertake supply chain audits and verification.
WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing – Useful for those who are at the start of their journey of sourcing timber from legal and responsible sources by strengthening the links between companies committed to achieving and supporting responsible forestry. In particular, their guide that indicates the legality in different countries is very useful.