A workshop on the Development and Scaling of Innovative Technologies for Wood Identification was held from February 28 to March 1, 2017, in the University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A. This meeting was co-organized by the USDA Forest Service-International Programs (USFS-IP), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The topic of this workshop was developing methods to identify the species and origin of timber and wood-based products for combating illegal logging.
Over 70 participants from more than 30 academic, governmental and enforcement sector entities met in the workshop, discussed current challenges in wood identification,and set up collaborations to improve technologies on wood identification infighting against illegal logging. Different methods on identifying species and origin oftimber were evaluated and promoted to enforcement officials as well as the privatesector in the workshop. On behalf of IAWA and IAWA-WRAITH, Prof. Yafang Yin wasinvited to provide a presentation regarding methods for wood identification: woodanatomy, DNA barcodes and chemistry.
Shan Li, Beijing