Sustainable Forest Management

Paul's interest in sustainable forest management first started as a PhD student at Imperial College, London. His research topic - the ecology of the goshawk, an elusive woodland bird of prey  - was in collaboration with the Forestry Commission. The fieldwork was in the forests and woodlands of Britain, assessing the habitat management of the forest ecosystem required to support birds of prey. He continued to study forest ecology when he led a series of scientific expeditions to study the biodiversity of cloud and sub-tropical forests in the high Andes of Ecuador.

Paul was Head of the Forest Programme at WWF-UK, working on both UK and international forest policy, as well as the practical conservation of forests. Whilst in this role he helped to establish the Forest Stewardship Council and create 600,000 hectares of protected forests around the world. In addition, Paul was the UK civil society representative for the UK delegations to the United Nations Forest Forum. He also ran the WWF International campaign on illegal logging which successfully lobbied the G8 nations to tackle the illegal timber trade.

Below are articles describing this work.

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Creating public awareness to change public procurement policy on timber: newspaper reaction

illegal-logging-press21-06-02 Newspaper reaction to the WWF-UK report on the impact of G8's public procurement of unsustainable timber (you can see the report as a post in the same section). Paul Toyne directed the WWF-UK Forest Programme and led the campaign to reduce the importation of illegal timber. It did have some success.... The UK government supported the development of the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme, of which FSC and other schemes qualify, and put in place procurement criteria for only timber ...
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Analysis of G8’s public procurement of timber: showed the need for responsible sourcing and supply chain management

g8-and-china-timber-footprint-wwf-june-2002 Paul Toyne was lead author of this analysis of G8 timber procurement published by WWF-UK. This was used to lobby for better public procurement policies to stop imports of illegal logging. A key recommendation of this work was the requirement of more effective public procurement strategies that would promote better social and environmental management of forests and the subsequent timber supply chain. Improving standards in public procurement would be a catalyst for change across the timber sector ...
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Illegal logging threatens existing protected area

cut-and-run-august-2002-the-wwf-forest-conservation-newsletter Here Nigel Dudley, Christain Thompson and I describe with others some of the threats that illegal logging pose on existing protected areas. IUCN/WWF Arbovitae 2002 ...
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Importance of forests for poverty alleviation and conservation

arbovitae-march-2002-forest-conservation-newsletter-19 Edmund Barrow and Paul describe the importance of forests for poverty alleviation and conservation. The significance of natural resources has not gone away, especially as the human population continues to increase and land use patterns change for food production. IUCN /WWF Arbovitae. 2002 publication ...
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Forestry and illegal logging: social and environmental justice

forestry-and-illegal-logging In this book chapter in Future is Fairness: Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship (2004),  I explore forestry and illegal logging and look at various aspects of the law, technology and the environmental consequences ...
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Impacts of illegal logging and the resulting illegal trade in timber

focus-how-legal-are-you-july-august-2003 This article I wrote for the Timber Trade Federation back in 2003 looked at the impacts of illegal logging and timber trade. This was at a time when many companies using timber for construction did not have a chain of custody in place ensuring they knew the provenance of the wood that they were buying ...
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Illegal wood trade in the UK

the-independent-june-2002-uk-warned-about-scale-of-illegal-wood-trade Newspaper article with a quote from me about the challenges of illegal wood trade ...
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Are goshawks good or bad for the countryside: what is their impact?

the-raptor-1995-6-the northern goshawk-friend-or-foe? In this general article Paul makes the case for the goshawk to be seen as friend not a foe to both the farmer and the forester. This view was based on the his study of goshawks' diet in Wales during the breeding season where common food were pest species like wood pigeon, grey squirrel and corvids, such as crows and jackdaws ...
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Nesting chronology of goshawks and implications for their managment

Forestry 1997 Nesting chronology of northern goshawks in Wales Goshawks nest in mature forestry plantations are in so doing are vulnerable of unaware foresters felling their nest tree in the breeding season. Paul's work made practical recommendations, as provided in this paper, to help foresters better manage goshawk nest sites ...
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