Tropical timber forensics: A multi-methods approach to tracing Bolivian Cedrela

PhD defence

Tropical timber forensics: A multi-methods approach to tracing Bolivian Cedrela

PhD candidate Kathelyn K (Kathelyn) Paredes Villanueva
Promotor prof.dr. PA (Pieter) Zuidema
prof.dr. FJJM (Frans) Bongers
Organisation Wageningen University, Forest Ecology and Forest Management
Date

Thu 22 November 2018 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

Illegal logging is one of the main drivers of species degradation and contributors to global warming. This practice negatively impacts to forest stakeholders at international and local level. Effective control strategies are required to counteract illegal harvesting and trade of tropical timber. Stable isotopes, chemical properties, and DNA are non-manipulative tree characteristics and have the potential to be used for tracing geographical origin. The overall objective of my PhD thesis was to support the implementation of sustainable forest management in Bolivia through developing complementary methods to detect illegal logging.