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					    WWF Report into Sustainable Procurement could Boost Timber
                        demand, says FRA
 FRA, a research and advisory consultancy, claims that the publication of a report into public
 sector timber procurement in the UK could lead to a greater demand for sustainable timber.

Bainbridge Island, WA, April 02, 2012 - Forestry Research Analysis (FRA), a research and
advisory consultancy, claims that the publication of a report into public sector timber procurement
in the UK could lead to a greater demand for sustainable timber.

The high profile World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report has proven an embarrassment for the
British public sector as it shows only half of the country’s 433 local authorities have a sustainable
timber procurement plan in place. As a result, FRA claims that as much as ten per cent of the
timber being used by the more than 200 local authorities could be from non-EU, illegal sources.

“As soon as these figures come out, most of the authorities will have to do something to repair
their reputations and green credentials,” stated FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins.

The ‘Barking up the right tree?’ report found that 40 per cent of all timber imported to the UK is
used by the public sector, with up to ten per cent of this being from questionable sources. Of the
433 authorities questioned only 16 were actually implementing their sustainable procurements
plan effectively, while a few more showed immediate interest in improving their practices.

Changes will have to be made very quickly to the way in which timber is procured in the UK as,
from 3 March 2013, the EU will be able to ban illegally sourced timber form the UK altogether.

Here at FRA, we hope that this will lead to a change in attitude among UK local government, who
we believe have a responsibility to set a standard for how the timber they use is sourced,” added
Mr Collins.

He also claimed that the law change could lead to a major increase in the demand for sustainable
timber, such as that grown by firms like Greenwood Management in plantations in Brazil.

Contact:
Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394
info@forestry-research.com
http://www.forestry-research.com

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