Support for WWF on UK local authorities timber procurement policies surveyThe UK office of the World wide Fund for Nature (WWF) wanted to find out how many local authorities are taking action on responsible sourcing of timber and paper products. Proforest helped WWF with the design and analysis of the survey that forms the basis for the report ‘Barking up the right tree?’
WWF-UK | 2011 to 2012
All 433 UK local authorities were contacted by WWF and asked to fill in an on-line questionnaire. Proforest then analysed the data and rated local authorities on a five-tier system indicating whether they have a timber and/or paper procurement policy in place, and how well these are implemented and monitored.
In total, 336 red ratings were given to authorities that did not have a policy, did not know if they had a policy, or did not respond. Only 16 authorities were given the highest green rating, which means they not only had timber and paper policies, but also effectively implemented and monitored these policies.
The report forms part of WWF’s ‘What Wood You Choose?’ campaign. This two-year initiative raises awareness of the impacts of wood and paper consumption in the UK on communities in timber-producing developing countries.