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In recent times, there are ongoing efforts by researchers on how to track the origin of commercial timber species from different countries to ensure legal trade in ‘legal’ timber on the international market, as well as enhancing the sustainable management of forest resources worldwide. This course will cover the significance of timber tracking, important steps and processes and techniques employed in tracking timber from harvesting stage through processing  to the end users in different countries.

Stephen Tekpetey holds a BSc (Honors) Degree in Natural Resources Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Science and Technology from Ghana. He has over 6 years of experience as a lecturer and research scientist in Public Tertiary research and educational Institutions in Ghana. He has worked extensively on sustainable utilization of bamboo resources in climate risk environments and currently is an ISO technical committee member on bamboo and rattan standardization.

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of the 2020 BPL Presents Season.

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