Measuring logs in the state of Pará, Brazil. Through projects and activities, ITTO helps strengthen forest governance and thereby improve the credentials of tropical forest products in global markets. Photo: ANPM
The perception that illegal operations are widespread in tropical forests taints the image of the tropical timber sector in certain major import markets. Some markets have responded by introducing requirements for legality and sustainability to provide assurance for buyers and consumers. Adherence to such requirements needs verification—consisting of arrangements for testing and validating claims about legal compliance and conformity with agreed standards. ITTO works with its members to strengthen forest governance and verify legality and sustainability, thereby improving the credentials of tropical forest products in global markets.