Category: Publications

Practical Guide to Conducting Due Diligence of Tropical Timber Products – Peru

The guide is part of the series that was first launched in 2017 with guides profiling Brazil and Ghana. The series of guides summarises the main documents that evidence legality, and how to interpret them for each country, in order for buyers to conduct document-based due diligence of timber consignments to be imported into the US and European markets.

The guide profiling Peru includes a brief description of the legality framework and the organisations involved in the forest and timber sector. It also includes a summary of the main documents along the supply chain and the main risks regarding illegality in the country, and shows real samples of these documents and how to read them, flagging what to be aware of when reviewing them.


Guía práctica para realizar diligencia debida de productos de madera tropical – Perú (Spanish)

La guía forma parte de la serie que se lanzó por primera vez en 2017 con guías que describen el Brasil y Ghana. En la serie de guías se resumen los principales documentos que prueban la legalidad, y cómo interpretarlos para cada país, a fin de que los compradores puedan realizar una diligencia debida basada en documentos de los envíos de madera que se van a importar a los mercados de los Estados Unidos y Europa. También brinda un resumen de los principales riesgos asociados a la legalidad de la madera que la diligencia debida debe tomar en cuenta, para cada país en particular.


Lesser-Known & Lesser-Used Timber Species

Lesser-known and lesser-used species refer in this booklet to under-utilised timber species from Ghana that have similar properties to other popular species.

There are more than 50,000 species of timber in the world, but only a small proportion of these are used commercially. Currently, Ghana has nearly 90 species that are regularly exploited and traded as timber. Lesser-known & lesser-used species can have similar and even better performance for some specific end-uses; they can also have a more distinctive and unique appearance compared to more popular ones. Using these species is not only a good business decision but also has the potential to improve livelihoods and protect biodiversity.


COVID-19 – Analyse de l’impact social et économique sur le secteur forestier, Rép. du Congo

BVRio, en collaboration avec ATIBT et avec le soutien de UK Aid dans le cadre du programme de gouvernance forestière, marchés et climat, a réalisé une étude afin d’assurer une meilleure compréhension de l’impact de la COVID-19 sur le secteur forestier en République du Congo. Elle souligne les conséquences de la pandémie sur le secteur forestier et les difficultés de la mise en application des mesures liées à la lutte contre la propagation de l’épidémie.


COVID-19 – Analysis of the social and economical impact on the Forest sector, Republic of Congo

While the forest sector is at the centre of international concerns about the sustainable management of forest resources, the negative effects of the pandemic on the forest sector should not overshadow the crucial role of forests in securing the livelihoods on which local people depend.

BVRio, in collaboration with ATIBT and support from UK Aid under the Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme, carried out a study to ensure a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the forest sector in the Republic of Congo.


Practical guide to conducting due diligence of tropical timber products: Cameroon

The objective of this practical guide is to summarise the main documents that need to be collected, and how to interpret them, in order to conduct due diligence of timber consignments to be imported from Cameroon into the US and European markets. It also provides a summary of the main risks associated with timber legality that the due diligence must address, for Cameroon.


Ancillary Benefits of Climate Policy – New Theoretical Developments and Empirical Findings

While concerns about accelerating global warming preoccupy the public—as one can observe from the recent school strikes as protest against too few climate protection efforts—the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is starting to take effect in several areas of our planet. Yet, while in Europe, levels of carbon dioxide emissions are declining, in order to reach the 2 goal and even more the 1.5 goal of the agreement, global climate protection efforts have to be strengthened considerably. This becomes even more urgent as concentrations of methane, which is another very potent greenhouse gas besides carbon dioxide, have increased in an unexpectedly strong way in recent years. (…) Although the chapters in the book focus on the joint effects of climate policy, it is straightforward to apply the models and techniques used in this book also to joint production in other fields, for instance to research on philanthropy, performing arts, green goods consumption, terrorism, and military alliances.


Desmistificando os Títulos Verdes: Certificados de Recebíveis do Agronegócio Verdes

Para que o Brasil consiga cumprir seus compromissos no Acordo de Paris, de mitigação das mudanças climáticas por meio da redução de 37% das emissões de gases de efeito estufa até 2025, com base nos níveis de 2005, o agronegócio local precisa urgentemente melhorar a eficiência de produção, eliminar as atividades de degradação do solo e fomentar a adoção de tecnologias de sequestro de carbono para produtores rurais. Para efeitos de comparação, o país está atrás somente da China e da Índia no nível de emissões de COno agronegócio.


Brazil’s Amazon Hydroelectrics and the CDM: Defrauding Investors, Cheating the Atmosphere?

This paper highlights the risks inherent in issuing carbon credits for project scale emissions reductions relative to an estimate of what would have otherwise occurred – which is the basis of the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism – in the absence of an overall sectoral or national emissions budget within which carbon credit issuance would be accounted for through rigorous and transparently monitored double-entry bookkeeping.