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HomeAgriculture & FoodForestryMonitoringNational Forestry Control
As new timber trade regulations come into place in the EU and the US, it is becoming more important than ever before to improve transparency and accountability in the forestry sector.
Illegal logging deprives governments of billions of dollars in tax revenue and causes massive environmental damage. Logging-related corruption undermines the rule of law, discouraging legitimate investment and hindering development.
At SGS, we believe that long-term improvement in the management and verification of forest information contributes to better governance in the forest sector. National forestry control from SGS offers innovative solutions to improve traceability and accountability cultivate best practice and raise management standards.
Addressing illegal logging and promoting sustainable forest management, whilst fostering progress in governance, competitiveness, and transparency, is a major challenge.
At SGS, we believe that effective monitoring brings a number of key benefits:
We aim to:
National forestry control consists of setting up and operating a national timber traceability system ensuring the control of timber flows from the forest to the local and/or export market. The timber traceability ensures the verification of the supply chain which is currently one of the elements required in the implementation of the Legality Assurance System (LAS) in the framework of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) signed between the European Union and the governments of producing countries.
National forestry control potentially involves a combination of the following activities:
To implement such a system, we can create and manage an agency that operates independently of government while interfacing and working with relevant government bodies and key stakeholders. This agency issues verification reports and statements which rely on a combination of log and timber tracking, data monitoring and legality verification checks.
Alternatively, under a Technical Assistance mandate, we assist the Forest administration with the development of the above activities.
Since 1995, we have run a number of successful national and regional forestry monitoring and verification projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Russia. SGS is currently implementing national forestry control Systems in Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Congo.
Our services are based on robust information and cutting-edge traceability technology. We use a comprehensive system that encompasses every stage of the supply chain, from forest to market through documentary control, physical inspections and legality audits.
Contact us to find out more about the benefits of national forestry control from SGS.