The Global Illegal Logging and Associated Trade Risk Data Tool (ILAT Risk Data Tool) is designed to support a better understanding of global trade in timber, pulp, and paper products, including revealing the main producers and processors of timber commodities as well as the trade routes associated with an elevated risk that the timber was illegal harvested or traded. Users can access global timber trade data, and the ILAT Risk Data Tool can help raise flags related to the risk of illegal timber entering a supply chain. ILAT Risk makes publicly available global trade data, as well as key proxies/indicators of risk for 211 countries.
The charts contained on the ILAT Risk Data Tool tabs are interactive, allowing users to apply filters to examine specific trade flows and their potential risk of illegality. Data and charts can be downloaded from this website. We ask that you cite Forest Trends’ IDAT Risk website, as downloaded [date].
Underlying data sources, methodology used to create risk indicators, and a glossary of key terms is available here. The approach used on the IDAT risk website and resources uses a new methodology to create proxies / indicators of risk and is not an absolute assessment of illegal logging or illegal deforestation risk for a source country. The analysis can only offer an indication of relative national-level “risk” (based on existing indices of corruption, governance, political and timber harvest risk) associated with a trading country. This data therefore offers insight into the initial stages of risk assessment, but should not be used in isolation or as an alternative to seeking out detailed location specific assessments of forest crime.
Crimes can still occur in countries rated low risk, and there can be legal, sustainable, and/or certified timber produced in countries listed as high risk. All robust due diligence / care systems would need to investigate further.
A full user guide is available here.