Forest Legality Week Draft Agenda

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Emily Kaldjian

Building on the tradition of the Forest Legality Alliance semi-annual partners’ meeting that WRI hosted in past years, we are pleased to announce that WRI will host the first “Washington Forest Legality Week” October 17-19, with the generous support and cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Washington Forest Legality Week is intended to enable dialogue and inspire action and partnerships to more effectively implement and monitor timber trade legality and due diligence measures. It is a multi-stakeholder, international event, drawing stakeholders from governments, the private sector, civil society, the scientific community, and service providers such as timber certification bodies. The meeting will take place over three days, and is designed to accommodate a range of side meetings and interactions convened by partner organizations.

This is a draft agenda and is subject to change. A PDF can be found here as well as at the bottom of this page.


WRI Forest Legality Week

Tuesday-Thursday October 17-19, 2017


Tuesday, October 17

The morning is open and space will be available for informal meetings participants may wish to organize.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Opening

1:30-3:00 Session 1: Demand-side timber legality developments in East Asia

Major timber importing countries in East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam are developing a variety of timber legality verification measures. This session will explore and analyze recent policy, legal and regulatory changes in this key region.

3:00-3:30 Coffee

3:30-5:30 Session 2: Timber traceability systems

This session will combine an overview of national (and a few private sector) timber traceability systems, followed by a talk-show style discussion to bring in a variety of actors and experiences.

5:30-7:00 WRI Welcome Reception


Wednesday, October 18

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Session 3: Timber trade information: challenges and solutions

This session will combine an overview of the overall situation of international timber trade data with presentations on some specific platforms that are striving to improve the quality and transparency of timber trade data and information.

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-12:30 Session 4: Private sector experiences in implementing due care practices along the supply chain

This session will allow private sector firms and associations to present on their experiences internalizing and implementing timber legality due care as part of their compliance approaches and systems.

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Session 5: TBD

This slot is being held open for the time to allow for late-breaking great panel ideas or the expansion of time allotted to one or more of the other panels.

3:00-3:30 Coffee

3:30-5:00 Session 6: The CITES rosewood listings: progress and challenges after one year

CITES COP-17 in October 2017 placed the whole Dalbergia genus and several other rosewood species on Appendix II, making CITES a key player in the battle against illegal logging and associated trade. Implementation of these landmark listings have raised key challenges for both industry – musical instrument makers in particular – and government CITES authorities. In advance of the November 2017 CITES Standing Committee meeting, this session will examine progress and challenges since COP-17.


Thursday, October 19

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

8:45-10:15 Session 7: Wood identification technologies to combat illegal logging: developing standards and improving access

This session will bring together global experts on wood identification to explore in particular the issues of developing standards for and improving access to wood identification technologies and technology providers.

10:15-10:45 Coffee

10:45-12:15 Session 8: Technology and law enforcement to combat illegal logging: myths and realities (interactive dialogue)

Technologies ranging from remote sensing to forensic wood identification have strong potential to support illegal logging law enforcement, but are also subject to many unfounded claims and unrealistic expectations. This session, presented as an interactive talk show, will explore both the potentials and pitfalls of applying innovative technologies to law enforcement, drawing on the expertise and experience of law enforcement agencies, technology developers, and the scientific community.

12:15-12:30 Closing Remarks

12:30-1:30 Lunch

The afternoon is open and space will be available for informal meetings participants may wish to organize.