The Global Timber Tracking Network (GTTN), coordinated by Bioversity International, is an effort to promote the use of DNA and stable isotopes to fight illegal control. The network is developing a global database of DNA and stable isotope fingerprints of major commercial timber species, which could help reinforce illegal logging laws and certification standards by helping verify that the species listed in the paperwork is legal and labeled correctly. The database will also allow importers and authorities to verify the declared origin of wood and wood products.
Geographical Areas of Interest
Supply Chain Focus
The network will create a database of DNA and stable isotope fingerprints for commonly traded species to help identify species and track the origin of wood and wood products along the supply chain.
The information in the database will be useful for monitoring and verification. Genetic and stable isotope testing can help track and monitors the flow of the timber throughout the supply chain.
Genetic and stable isotope testing can help verify the wood species listed on papers, and thus, support adherence to regulations for timber harvesting and trade.
The information in the database will be useful to help verify compliance with certification standards. Genetic and stable isotope testing can help verify the adherence to certification efforts, which support sustainable forest management.