Web-based forest management and traceability application

Key principle &

Partner in good forest governance
Data mastery is the first step towards sustainable and responsible forest management. Pallitracks was designed with this objective in mind, based on the requirements of forest management, legality, and certification such as FSC and OLB.

For this reason, companies, institutions and governments concerned with good forest governance quickly adopted the application as a working tool. Apart from the private sector, Pallitracks is currently involved in projects funded by institutions such as :

How it works

De manière résumée, l’application s’articule autour des points suivants :

  • Simplifying forest data collection
  • Automatically monitor and audit data
  • Easy sharing of information
  • Fully trace the resource
  • Valuing conservation, assessing losses, and improving investment
  • Ensure legality and facilitate certification

Simplifying forest data collection

Each company selects the most suitable approach for its budget and its staff.

There are 3 possibilities :

  • Traditional : Paint and hammer marking, paper + manual encoding
  • Digital : Smartphone + barcode or RFID tags
  • Mixed

Automatically monitor and audit data

Example: an alert is triggered for the manager as soon as 80% of the withdrawal authorisations are reached.

Automated systems help to ensure compliance with legal and certification requirements, depending on the case :

  • Control at entry (blocking or warning)
  • Analysis after entry, with request for corrective action
  • Automatic alert sent to the right person

Easy sharing of information

Information is available to all authorised persons with various levels of access :

  • Clients as part of due diligence
  • Authorities in the context of controls and legal reporting obligations
  • Certifiers and auditors
  • Colleagues in the case of product exchange

Fully trace the resource

In addition, all interactions ( consult, modify and delete) between users and the data are also traced.

The application covers all the activities of the wood industry to guarantee complete traceability :

  • Inventory
  • Evacuation and export
  • Tracking
  • Felling
  • Skidding
  • Forest preparation
  • Rolling
  • Park activity
  • Customer reception and marketing
  • Processing from 1st to 3ᵉ
  • Billing
  • Financial analysis

Valuing conservation, assessing losses, and improving investment

NB: Pallitracks integrates the Chaudé formula used in Morocco and all cubage rates used in Africa.

Pallitracks integrates and simplifies the following measurements :

  • The estimated volume of standing trees based on the cubing rate
  • The volume of carbon sequestered while these trees are not harvested, information that can be shared to show how responsible harvesting helps the forest regenerate
  • Any material losses in the chain of custody. This can guide the company's investments towards optimising the resource

Ensure legality and facilitate certification

Once the documents have been uploaded, they can be shared with the appropriate entities and the application helps to ensure that they are up to date.

The application has a directory of documents that can be organised according to the standard to be met :

  • Legality
  • Certification (OLB, FSC)
  • Due diligence

Some references

National traceability system for teak in Benin : ONATRACK National traceability system for cedar in Morocco : TRACEDRE Management system for the NKOK SEZ in Gabon : IWOODATA Support for the FAO-EU FLEGT project in CAR
  • Objective : OLB certification
  • Financing : FAO-FLEGT
  • Duration : 2 years
  • Objective : conservation and sustainable management
  • Funding : German Cooperation (German Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Duration : 1 year
  • Objective : Traceability and legality of the resource
  • Funding : FRMi
  • Duration : 1 year
  • Objective : Traceability and legality of the resource, securing forest revenues
  • Funding : FAO-EU FLEGT
  • Duration : 2 years
  • Support to the FLEGT process by the Pallitracks team


  • 1

    Designed with own funds for the Pallisco's company.

  • 2

    Opening the license to fellow loggers, traceability of 1st and 2nd transformation.

  • 3

    Traceability to export and invoicing of wood products and transport.

  • 4

    Addition of barcode management and 3ᵉ processing.

  • 5

    First international project : implementation of sustainable management of Teak plantations in Benin.

  • 6

    Addition of georeferenced inventory and sustainable management of cedar forests in Morocco.

  • 7

    Major update in transport traceability and contract tracking.

  • 8

    Addition of data graphics within the application.

  • 9

    RFID and the application will become 100% java.

Multi-company projects

GFBC project in Cameroon (7 companies) Gabontracks project (21 companies)
  • Financing : FAO-FLEGT
  • Companies involved: Pallisco, CIFM, Fipcam, CFC of the Wicwood group, Gracovi
  • Steering: GFBC, employers' association of the timber sector
  • Objective: due diligence
  • Duration: 2 phases of 1 year each
  • Result: a public interface fed automatically to trace wood from the forests of participating companies
  • Financing: AFD
  • Companies involved: companies of the UFIGA, UFIAG and SIAD groups
  • Objective: traceability and legality
  • Duration: 3 years
  • In progress

Community projects

COTTRACK: Community Timber track
Duration 2 years
Objective Objective To assist community forests to manage and trace the timber from their operations
Result 1 A legality platform available:
Result 2 A functional web and mobile application: Cottracks
Result 3 5 community forests monitored and improving with the support of an agency: SAILD

Currently, Pallitracks is about ten international projects, more than 1500 trained users, about 5 million ha of forest managed for an annual production of more than 2 million m3, this thanks to the work of more than thirty employees.

Key partners

The Pallitracks application is now enabling many companies and states to manage their forest resources sustainably.

These continuous improvements are made possible by the support of key partners : GFBC, UFIGA, Pallisco-CIFM, FIPCAM, CUF, Booming Group, etc.

  • Pallisco FSC and OLB certified (logging) : since 2011
  • Fipcam OLB certified (logging 1st and 2ᵉ transformation) : since 2013
  • CUF OLB certified (logging 1st and 2nd processing) : since 2014
  • In DRC, since 2019, logging, transport and export of logs.