Timber is the most valuable wildlife commodity traded globally. The estimated total market value of trade in global forest products reached around $504 billion, more than 80% increase from a decade ago. In addition to their monetary value, forests provide countless benefits for our planet. Despite their critical importance, the world’s forests have been disappearing at a pace of around 13 million hectares a year, most of which is attributed to the clearing of tropical forests. Among the diverse drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, illegal logging and trade is one of the major factors contributing to the over-exploitation of natural forests throughout the developing world. It is estimated that illegally harvested and traded timber worth USD 30-100 billion a year, or 10-30% of global wood trade.
About Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN)
The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is WWF's imitative to eliminate illegal logging and improve the management of world's valuable and threatened forests. By facilitating trade linkages between companies committed to achieving and supporting responsible forestry, the GFTN creates market conditions that help conserve the world's forests while providing economic and social benefits for the business and people that depend on them. GFTN is currently working with over 200 companies in 21 countries worldwide. More information on GFTN is available at: http://gftn.panda.org
To engage with the WWF’s GFTN in a mutually meaningful way that is in accordance with the educational interests and professional aspirations of the student. In particular, this internship position will provide the student with an opportunity to acquire and apply his/her knowledge and skills in the following area:
- Quantitative research of international and bilateral trade on forest products
- Issues and trends of illegal logging and timber regulation
- Country-specific forest management issues
- The markets for timber and NTFPs in major consumer countries
- Sustainable sourcing practices and challenges
- The markets for sustainable products and the opportunities and challenges for forest certification
This collaboration should provide not only usable collateral and materials for the GFTN, but also valuable work experience toward the student’s professional development in research skills and knowledge around responsible forest management and trade.
The intern will assist the GFTN Support Unit with a variety of research and development activities including:
Researching and developing industry intelligence report for timber, pulp & paper, and various NTFP sectorsCollecting, organizing, and analyzing trade data using online databasesCollecting data on forest management at the national and subnational level and updating the GFTN assessment toolsParticipating in meetings, brown bags, and external events related to illegal logging and trade issuesPerforming ad hoc research assignments as needed
- Current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in relevant fields, such as environmental studies, environmental economics, international trade, natural resource management, environment management, international development, or other social science disciplines
- Knowledge of international trade and market research on forest products
- Knowledge of or interest in forest certification or other forest conservation approaches carbon markets, biodiversity conservation, and/or trade
- Excellent desk research, market research, and/or quantitative research skills
- Excellent writing and analytical skills
- Ability to work efficiently and independently; must be able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
- Ability to communicate with internal and external partners around the globe effectively and professionally
- Foreign language skills (Spanish, French, Chinese, or others) will be a plus
WWF Mission and Value
It is part of every staff member's terms of reference to contribute to WWF's mission & values.
WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
- Conserving the world's biological diversity
- Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
- Reducing pollution and wasteful consumption.
WWF's values are: Passionate & Optimistic; Challenging & Inspiring; Credible & Accountable; Persevering & Delivering Results.
This is an unpaid internship. The intern must be enrolled in an academic institution and able to receive academic credit through his/her university for the work. The intern is expected to work at least 20 hours per week.
How to apply:
Please submit resume to:
Karen Mo, Research & Development, Global Forest & Trade Network