Updated WWF Statement On Global Witness Report 'Pandering To The Loggers'


In the light of recent criticisms of WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN),

WWF today announced that it will commission an independent review of the GFTN programme.

WWF has already started the process of finding an experienced, independent and reputable third party with the aim of completing the review by the end of 2011.

GFTN had already scheduled a review of all its activities to take place in 2012, but we believe that in view of the current controversy, and in the interests of transparency, it is appropriate to bring it forward. This decision in no way implies that WWF accepts the allegations or recommendations contained in the recent Global Witness report ‘Pandering to the Loggers’.

We repeat our earlier view that the Global Witness report contains a number of errors and misleading statements. We do, however, take these allegations very seriously and that’s why we are commissioning an independent review of GFTN activities – a review which we are confident will demonstrate that our current set of performance and monitoring procedures are fit for purpose. WWF remains committed to promoting responsible forestry and trade, combating illegal logging and protecting some of the planet’s most valuable resources.

Please note that this statement is an update of our previous post on 26 July 2011