25 October 2013

Second edition of STA guide to purchasing sustainable timber published

Following considerable interest and feedback on the first edition of Buying sustainable timber, the STA guide for public procurers on sustainable timber procurement, a new edition was published in October 2013.

This edition expands on the information contained in the original publication, and aims to align the definition of sustainable forestry with those of different Member States in the EU. It includes guidance on recent legal changes, completely revised technical specifications and up to date information about other European timber initiatives. Ways that public authorities can support smaller businesses are also touched on.

Additionally, the guide outlines replicable information on supporting Fair Trade in Timber procurement, and looks at methods to combine sustainable timber procurement with other policy goals, such as awareness raising activities. The guide will soon also be available in German, Italian, Estonian, Romanian, Spanish and Hungarian. Printed copies of the English guide can be requested from

To download the 2nd edition, click here [pdf, 9.5 MB].