Application of Timber Tracing Methods in Tropical Forests: Identifying Bottlenecks Along the Timber Chain of Custody

Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva


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20 Jan 2016

Isotopic Characterization of Forest Species to Verify Regional Provenance of Bolivian Timber

Effective control strategies are required to counteract illegal timber trade. In a previous project we used genetic and chemical methods in Cedrela to assess potential for timber tracing in Bolivia. How to bring to ground identification techniques already available? Based on previously established dataset, the current project will be the first experience characterizing Cedrela chain of custody, in conjunction with local users, to identify bottlenecks requiring greater control and application of tracing methodologies. We will identify steps to follow for the implementation of identification techniques. Cedrela distribution makes this research promising as findings could also be extended to other countries.

Sample sorting into the mass spectrometer for 18O stable isotopes analysis.

Sample sorting into the mass spectrometer for 18O stable isotopes analysis.

Effective control strategies are required to counteract illegal timber trade. In a previous project we used genetic and chemical methods in Cedrela to assess potential for timber tracing in Bolivia. How to bring to ground identification techniques already available? Based on previously established dataset, the current project will be the first experience characterizing Cedrela chain of custody, in conjunction with local users, to identify bottlenecks requiring greater control and application of tracing methodologies. We will identify steps to follow for the implementation of identification techniques. Cedrela distribution makes this research promising as findings could also be extended to other countries.

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