Use the Global Forest Registry to minimise the risk of sourcing illegal or otherwise unacceptable timber.
The Global Forest Registry is a free online tool providing information about the risk of sourcing unacceptable wood from more than 150 countries.
Whilst it has been built primarily as a tool for FSC certified companies sourcing controlled wood, the Registry is also a useful resource for other buyers who are seeking to source timber from legal and acceptable sources.
The Registry is a joint effort of FSC and NEPCon. NEPCon is leading the development and is in charge of the daily management of the site.
How it works
The Registry is comprised of an interactive world map where you can browse and click through to the country or in some cases the sub-national region that you are sourcing from.
The site is based on the FSC Controlled Wood definition of unacceptable sources and provides information about the risk for each of the five controlled wood categories. Whenever FSC Controlled Wood National Risk Assessments have been completed, these are used as the basis for the Registry's risk categorisations.
The site is based on publicly available information about the geographic risk of unacceptable forest management.
By zooming in on a country, it is possible to see any known sub-country level variance in risk level. You can also view the information and data sources used as the basis for concluding on the risk level.
NOTE: The Registry's risk categorisations are only based on publicly available information, and in many cases only at country level. Some risk information may be missing; conversely, it is sometimes possible to identify areas of low risk within a high-risk country or region, based on additional research and on-site visits.
Tool for meeting the EUTR and other regulations
One of the FSC Controlled Wood risk categories is the legal origin of timber (CW Category 1) and this is one of the layers you can choose.
In addition to risk assessments, the Global Forestry Registry includes lists of applicable legislation in many countries. These lists are in various stages of completion.
The Registry's data and risk assessments concerning timber legality are useful for timber sourcing companies which need to exercise due diligence (under the EU Timber Regulation and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition) or due care (under the US Lacey Act). However, this often needs to be complemented by other risk assessment activities to fulfil the requirements of e.g. the EUTR.
Become involved or support the Registry
The website is based on accessible information that the Registry team compiles and collects. Stakeholder feedback is systematically collected and used to refine the information provided. If you are aware of any sources of information not visible in the site, please do let us know. Your information, feedback and inputs are greatly appreciated.
We are also seeking funds to enhance the site's comprehensiveness, design and user interface.