Timber Trade

Enforcement of the Timber Trade Ordinance (TTO)

The Timber Trade Ordinance demands that market actors exercise due diligence, i.e. check that products are legal before buying or selling them. This enforcement aid and notice begins with an overview of the various actors and their roles and obligations. The individual modules provide further detail on implementation of the Ordinance.

Timber Trade Regulation


Timber Trade Regulation in Switzerland

From 1 January 2022, placing illegally harvested tiFrom 1 January 2022, placing illegally harvested timber and the products made from it on the market in Switzerland is banned. It requires all market players to comply with their due diligence obligation and to minimise the risk of illegal timber.

Forest Policy

Forest Policy: objectives and measures 2021–2024

20.12.2021 - With this Forest Policy, the Swiss Confederation formulates provisions for the optimal coordination of the ecological, economic and social demands on the forest. It aims to ensure sustainable management of the forest and a sustainable wood supply and create favourable conditions for an efficient and innovative forestry and wood industry. 


Wood Resource Policy 2030

28.06.2021 - The Wood Resource Policy supports Switzerland’s sustainable development strategy. It makes significant contributions to forest, climate, energy and regional policy and other sectoral policies, and also to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

At a glance

Forest Policy 2020

The federal government wants to create suitable framework conditions for sustainable, efficient and innovative forest management and ensure that the forest fulfils its diverse functions.

Features of Switzerland’s forest

One-third of Switzerland is covered by forest. The forest provides wood for construction, furniture and energy, offers protection from natural hazards, contributes largely to biodiversity and is a valuable recreational site for humans

Forest protection

The Confederation carries out prevention and control measures. It harmonises its activities with developments abroad and coordinates with the cantons and other actors at the national level.

Wood Resource Policy and Action Plan

The Wood Action Plan implements the Confederation’s resource policy. From 2009 to 2016, the action plan initiates and supports projects that deal with wood as a resource and its reuse.

Actual news

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