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Beatrix Richards

Beatrix Richards – head of forest policy and trade

I love the world’s natural forests. Unfortunately, an ever-expanding range of interests want a part of them too – to plant commodities such as palm oil and soya, or for their timber, as pasture for beef cattle, or to mine them.

My challenge is to find and promote positive solutions to these realities so we have a chance of living in a world where people and nature thrive.

Before joining WWF, I tested my mettle by monitoring and evaluating EC-funded projects. I’ve also worked in the field on community, commercial and nature conservation initiatives in places ranging from Costa Rica to deepest, darkest Berkshire, via Scotland, New Zealand and the US.

I’ll be blogging about some of the work we’re doing to support responsible resource management initiatives such as timber certification, roundtable processes, mandatory legislation and corporate social responsibility.

My latest posts

Amazon forest from the air

Illegal wood gets the chop from Europe – but world forests not safe yet

We’re really excited about a landmark piece of environmental law taking effect this Sunday. For the first time ever there will be a law across all 27 EU member countries banning the import, sale or commercial use of illegally sourced timber and wood products. It’s great news, having spent years campaigning and lobbying for this, […]

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