Tropical Forest Update

Procuring Favourably

Timber procurement policies have evolved rapidly in recent years. Spurred by concerns over illegal logging and unsustainable forestry (often in the tropics), policies restricting purchases to legal and/or sustainable timber have proliferated. Such policies were initially adopted by developed country 


  • Buying time?

    Photo: CIFOR

    Timber-procurement policies have a role to play in promoting the sustainable management of tropical forests.

    By Markku Simula

  • The costs in Cameroon

    Photo: N. Jervais

    VPA and other TPP impacts will be particularly large for informal operators.

    By Richard Eba’a Atyi

  • Malaysia and the VPA

    Photo: B.H. Ghazali

    The EU takes its FLEGT action plan to the world’s biggest exporter of tropical logs

    By Dato’ Baharuddin Haji Ghazali

  • The cost of SFM in Peru

    Oscar Perez Contreras

    Photo: V. Espinoza

    Achieving TPP requirements in Peru will require improvements in all aspects of forest management.

    By Oscar Perez Contreras

  • Out on a limb

    Sofie Tind Nielsen, project manager for the UK’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), provides the UK perspective on timber procurement

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