Technology plays a huge role when it comes to various industries and most especially when it comes to international wildlife trade and regulatory enforcement. Let us take for example the recent technology that has the capacity to track timbers that are being traded. Though this is still a new technology, the importance it plays is not overlooked by the people involved and is more recognized due to the desire of the consumers to know more about the timbers that are being harvested in a legal manner. They also want to make sure that they are sourced from a sustainable environment and managed properly.
According to a list released by CITES in 1975, there are only 18 species of timber in existence – now that number has grown to more than 400. The majority of these species are coming from tropical countries where harvesters are subjected to rough challenges in order to prove that they have gathered the timber legally and in a sustainable condition.
The technology that is now employed on timber has the capacity to track and is designed to create way to model as well as record the in and outs of the timber and its resulting products that is travelling through its supply chain. As of today, technologies only differ from one another because of its sophistication. The system can be as simple as a paint markings left on the wood which are then recorded through a spreadsheet.
There are latest technologies that are better but the downside is that they are expensive and needs more innovative methods so they can be made affordable and available to the local market. Here are some of the latest techniques:
- RFID or radio frequency identification. This resembles the process of barcoding and is a way to match the unique data of a timber recorded on a database.
- Aerial drones. This can be used to monitor the animals as well as record activities of the poachers and may be controlled using tablet devices.
- DNA sampling. Matching is done with the use of the timber’s DNA rather than a unique data. This requires all the DNA of all existing species.
- Isotopic sampling. The same as the DNA sampling but timber products are not required. Isotopes can be collected from the land where the tree grew.
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