How Shipment Tracking and Proof of Delivery Are In Use to Protect Threatened Forests in Romania
Shipment tracking is becoming a popular way to provide efficient security within a variety of industries. In addition, to ensure the safe transport and delivery of parcels, shipment trackers with proof of delivery are being used in other industries to protect valuable resources.
As an example, the Romanian government has launched an online wood shipment tracker to prevent illegal logging and to protect the country’s forests. Romanian citizens can help the government identify illegal logging trucks by visiting this new tracking website. There, they can confirm whether the trucks are legal or not.
Initial Phone-in Hotline
The government has been looking for innovative ways to involve citizens in the protection of this valuable resource. So by starting a hotline in 2014, citizens could confirm if logging trucks had the correct registration and were legal. This hotline confirmed that 25 percent of the trucks spotted were illegal.
In 2016, the Romanian government launched a mobile app version of their hotline. This may have had a significant effect on the number of illegal trucks. As a result, there was a 30 percent increase in trucks registered with legal transport documents.
Now, with the new website citizens have access to:
- Real-time shipment tracking with maps
- GPS locations
- Information on logging trucks
- Truck registration
- Shipment sizes
- Locations of where these trucks were loaded
The only missing link to a completely successful website is access to truck permits and travel documents. In addition, once these documents are on the website, visitors will be able to confirm whether the trucks have official legal documents.
Confirmation of whether the truck has permission to ship specific quantities from specific locations is important to stop illegal logging. Therefore this also helps identify those who are slipping through the cracks.
Romania’s innovative tools are keeping up-to-date with technology. In parallel, they are also providing easy access for citizens to help protect their valuable forests. By using the shipment tracker website, citizens are helping the country to hold people and companies accountable. In addition, they're also helping to maintain compliance to laws. This also protects the environment through the prevention of over-logging.
If enough people express concern and engagement with environmental protection, and they can confirm illegal logging, as a result, they will continue to have a significant influence on compliance in the logging industry.