Brazilian conservationists develop new tool to cut illegal wood from supply chains

By Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Companies that want to buy Brazilian timber without contributing to illegal deforestation have a new tool to help them ensure stolen wood does not appear in their supply chains – a digital platform tracing the origins of wood, environmentalists said. “The platform is able to identify risks of illegality across the supply chain,” Mauricio de Moura Costa, director of operations for BVRio, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Illegal logging is responsible for about 90 percent of the deforestation in Brazil, home to the world’s largest tropical forests, according to the country’s environmental enforcement agency (IBAMA).

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