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, […]Read more
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
Over the last 20 years oil palm has emerged as a wonder crop – providing copious quantities of palm oil as an ingredient in everything from soap to biscuits. But at what cost to the environment? I’ve come to Gabon, in western Central Africa, to see what’s happening here. Palm oil production has already cleared […]Read more
The air is acrid and the flames are scorching the grass around this huge bonfire. I am in Gabon, central Africa, watching tonnes of elephant ivory go up in smoke. There are 1,293 elephant tusks and a huge amount of confiscated ivory carved into a myriad of products fuelling this fire. Everything has been independently […]Read more