• TNRC Topic Brief: Community forestry and reducing corruption: Perspectives from the Peruvian Amazon Brochure

    TNRC Topic Brief: Community forestry and reducing corruption: Perspectives from the Peruvian Amazon (, )

    May 24, 2022

    Indigenous communities play an essential role in successful forest conservation. Community Forest Management (CFM) is a tool that promotes the participation of Indigenous peoples in forest conservation and sustainable management by preventing abuses from third parties and community leaders that could act against the common interest. While CFM has led to many positive results, a variety of obstacles inhibit Indigenous communities’ involvement in CFM-based legal timber harvesting, such as forest-related corruption, a lack of technical and financial support, bureaucratic barriers, and lack of capacity. This Brief aims to help fill knowledge gaps, generating recommendations to strengthen initiatives that promote the participation of Indigenous communities in forest conservation and sustainable management.

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  • Social Impacts of the Forest Stewardship Council Certification: An Assessment In the Congo Basin (application/pdf, 594 KB)

    April 07, 2014

    The study, the first of its kind, conducted by CIFOR and jointly funded by WWF and CIFOR, utilizes a robust methodology to compare nine FSC certified and nine noncertified forest management units across Gabon, Cameroon and Republic of Congo, to assess whether certification yields social benefits above and beyond noncertified FMUs. Overall, the study firmly and consistently confirms that FSC certification has indeed yielded additional social benefit in the Congo Basin.

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  • Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species Brochure

    Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species (application/x, 5.19 MB)

    November 06, 2013

    Many forest concessions in the tropics can contain over 100 different tree species, but their characteristics are simply not known and there is lack of knowledge about their uses and purposes.

    The Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species, produced by WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network, helps fill this gap by providing more information on these valuable but often overlooked lesser known timber species. The guide provides details on more than 50 possible alternative species and their end uses, as well as information on GFTN participants supplying those species.

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  • Illegal Logging in the Russian Far East: Global Demand and Taiga Destruction Brochure

    Illegal Logging in the Russian Far East: Global Demand and Taiga Destruction (application/x, 2.03 MB)

    April 16, 2013

    Synthesizing over 10 years of on-the-ground field observations into an eye-opening report, WWF's Illegal Logging in the Russian Far East: Global Demand and Taiga Destruction highlights a sobering reality: Russia’s forest sector has become deeply criminalized, with poor law enforcement, allowing illegal loggers to plunder valuable timber stocks of oak, ash, elm, and linden with impunity.

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  • WWF's Living Forest Report: Chapter 4 - Forests and Wood Products Brochure

    WWF's Living Forest Report: Chapter 4 - Forests and Wood Products (application/x, 7.62 MB)

    January 28, 2013

    WWF’s Living Forests Report is part of an ongoing conversation with partners, policymakers, and business about how to protect, conserve, sustainably use, and govern the world’s forests in the 21st century.

    Chapter Four of WWF's Living Planet Report explores how we can meet future demand for wood products within the finite resources of one planet.

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  • WWF's Living Forest Report: Chapter 1 Brochure

    WWF's Living Forest Report: Chapter 1 (application/x, 5.91 MB)

    April 29, 2011

    WWF’s Living Forests Report is part of an ongoing conversation with partners, policymakers, and business about how to protect, conserve, sustainably use, and govern the world’s forests in the 21st century.

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  • A Brief for U.S. Companies Purchasing Forest Products from the Amazon Brochure

    A Brief for U.S. Companies Purchasing Forest Products from the Amazon (application/pdf, 301 KB)

    September 01, 2009

    Forests in the Amazon are increasingly threatened by illegal and unsustainable logging. Each year the Amazon’s forests are reduced by as much as 27,000 km2—roughly the size of Massachusetts. As the world’s top importer of forest products, the United States contributes significantly to this deforestation and forest degradation through increased market demand for high value commercial species, including mahogany and Spanish cedar.

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  • A Brief for U.S. Companies Purchasing Forest Products from China and the Russian Far East Brochure

    A Brief for U.S. Companies Purchasing Forest Products from China and the Russian Far East (application/pdf, 265 KB)

    February 01, 2009

    Forests in the Amur-Heilong watershed, particularly those in the Russian Far East, are under tremendous pressure to supply timber to meet growing global demand for wood products. Increasing demand for this timber over the last two decades has fueled illegal and unsustainable logging in some of the Amur’s most valuable and threatened forests.

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