Behind the scenes work to stop illegal logging

Illegal logging is a big issue. Approximately 30% to 50% of all timber traded globally is illegally sourced. Illegal logging comes in many forms. It may be the replacement of high value for low value timber products, it may incorrect declaration of species or region of origin of products, which masks trade in endangered species or export of timber from protected areas, or it may be the mixing of illegitimately and legitimately sourced timber. 

Combating illegal logging also needs to take many forms, many of these are technology solutions that support behaviour change.

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Science can identify illegally logged timber – so lets start implementing

Science  can  identify the source of timber and verifying legality. So it should be a simple case to apply the science to new international legislation that aims to limit illegally logged timber in global supply chains. Well not quite,  the application of  science requires detailed understanding of the timber industry and supply chain dynamics.

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TEDxAdelaide – DNA Barcoding for Biodiversity

Biodiversity and ecosystems provide us with clean air, water, and access to food.

However we don’t really know much about the basic building blocks of biodiversity.

How many species are there on earth? 10 million? What does this mean for humans? Over 250 years we’ve probably found and named approximately 1 million species, approx 10% of the biodiversity on earth.

At the same time the rate of intinction is increasing.

We’re going to need some help.

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