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STA project produces guide to purchasing timber sustainably

October 25, 2012

The new Sustainable Timber Action (STA) project guide for European Public authorities, Buying Sustainable Timber: A guide for public purchasers in Europe, provides procurement guidelines and support on sourcing timber sustainably and socially responsibly. It contains text and criteria for legally sound tenders for a variety of timber products which can be directly used.

The guide covers the basics of sustainable timber procurement but also offers help for procurers who want to go beyond sustainability and include social considerations into their timber procurement. A straightforward procurement model is also offered in the guide, with text which can be directly inserted into tendering documents.

Means to support other policy objectives, such as supporting small timber businesses in Europe and awareness raising activities on sustainable timber and fair trade, are also examined. The guide is now available in English and will soon be published in Romanian, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Estonian and German.

To view the guide, click here.