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Consumer country measures: best practice in facilitating the legal trade in precious woods and lessons learnt

J Lam | 2012 | Proforest for Chatham House

This paper outlines the experiences with applying best practices and lessons learnt in consumer countries to tackle the illegal trade of precious and high value woods. The paper identifies the range of different initiatives and measures driving the demand for legal and/or sustainable timber in consumer countries, including legislation, public and private sector measures (public procurement policies, forest certification, stepwise programmes) and consumer measures (awareness raising and campaigns). A number of case studies are used to draw out lessons that can be potentially used to facilitate the legal trade of precious woods.