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Review of timber legality verification schemes

J Lam, A Cura | 2010 | Proforest

This study was conducted to examine the characteristics of existing legality verification schemes covering the following aspects: how legality is defined, definition of legality, chain of custody requirements and product claims, and verification. It also includes the practical experiences in implementing voluntary legality verification schemes in Africa and Asia including costs of audits, documentation requirements to demonstrate legality and problems encountered. Moreover, this report examines the extent to which the different legality verification schemes meet the market requirements in the EU and the US, including legislative measures, public and private sector procurement policies. (For a report on market requirements on legal and sustainable timber, please follow the link on the right hand side.)