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Myanmar releases statement of progress in timber legality assurance

17th March 2017

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has published a statement that sets out an acknowledgement of the recent delegation and next steps in reform: Statement of Progress in Timber Legality Assurance in Myanmar We confirm that Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE), a state-owned enterprise under the Ministry […]

Allied Market Research predicts sharp growth in engineered wood market

1st March 2017

The engineered wood market is estimated to reach $41,273 million by 2022, growing at an annual rate of 24.8% from 2016 to 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. Engineered wood demand, as an alternative to concrete and other products, is expected to remain high during the forecast period. Engineered wood products […]

New ATIBT guide on certified African timber ATIBT publishes new guide to using African timbers in Europe

1st March 2017

Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) has just released Volume 1 of its “User Guide for Eco-certified African Timber in Europe”. The Guide provides technical information on the tropical timber species, highlights its exceptional qualities and presents uses for which tropical timber has proven ideal. It also includes a list of species and their uses.

NEPCon releases new LegalSource standard

22nd February 2017

NEPCon released a new version of its LegalSource standard last week. The LegalSource standard is a set of requirements for creating a due diligence system to manage the risks of harvesting or sourcing timber.

Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will discuss potential of tall timber buildings

6th February 2017

Making its Australian debut, the Smart Skyscrapers Summit comes to Melbourne in March of 2017. One of the main topics will be rethinking Australian tall building design inspired by climate, culture and context. Featured speakers include sustainable building specialist Alistair Guthrie of Arup UK and Dr Philip Oldfield of the University of New South Wales will speak about how timber construction could revolutionise skyscraper typology.

FLEGT – unlike due diligence – creates a level playing field

25th January 2017

Alexander de Groot and Koen de Witte, CEOs of Fepco and Altripan, have been among the first European importers to receive FLEGT licensed wood from Indonesia. In an interview with GTF they talk about the importance of FLEGT for the European trade and their hopes for the future. They also call upon European governments to support FLEGT.

Timber building prospers even in Arctic climate

28th December 2016

The World’s northernmost timber building, a geological research station in Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, was put into operation this year. The observatory was built of 300 m3 of cross-laminated timber and 50 m3 of glue-laminated timber.

Potential of wood as a building material will be discussed at BAU 2017

21st December 2016

16-21 January 2017: BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, which takes place from 16 to 21 January 2017 in Munich, Germany, says it will “feature a number of new developments for wood materials, timber construction and facade systems as well as interior work, stairs, floor coverings and accessories”. The show […]

Montréal Wood Convention provides market insight and networking opportunities

21st December 2016

28-30 March 2017: The Montréal Wood Convention invites participants to its 5th edition from March 28 to 30 2017 at the Bonaventure Montréal hotel. In 2016 the Convention attracted no fewer than 750 participants from across Canada, the United States and overseas and more than 90 exhibitors. Manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, retailers as well as suppliers of […]

China is moving towards sustainable forest certification

12th December 2016

The Chinese government revealed plans to introduce sustainable forest certification for wood products made of both domestic Chinese timber and of wood imported from other countries. The plans also involve stricter scrutiny of imported timber.

More good news on VPAs – Vietnam and EU reach agreement in principle

18th November 2016

After nearly six years of negotiations, Vietnam and the European Union have agreed in principle on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) this week. The agreement marks another step forward in the EU’s ambitious FLEGT VPA programme.

Indonesia starts issuing FLEGT licenses

15th November 2016

Today Indonesia begins issuing FLEGT licences that attest to the legality of the timber products it exports to the EU. The FLEGT licensing scheme is the first of its kind in the world, and is the result of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Indonesia and the EU.

Guyana’s getting ready for “green lane” access to the EU market

8th November 2016

Guyana hopes to be the first Latin American country to conclude VPA negotiations – it currently expects to enter the implementation stage next year. GTF Director Francisco Escobedo Grotewold, the organisation’s board representative for Latin America, participated in a FLEGT workshop in Guyana on 28 and 29 September 2016. “From my own point of view, Guyana […]

Ligna LIGNA 2017: 90 % of exhibition space booked

27th October 2016

Six month before LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking industry, opens its doors the organisers report 90 % of the available exhibition space has been booked. Against this background, Ligna is once again expected to attract around 1,500 exhibitors, with more than half from outside Germany.

AfDB invests $14 million in restoration of degraded forests in Ghana

3rd October 2016

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved a $14 million senior loan through its private sector window to Form Ghana Ltd for restoration of degraded forest reserves through sustainably managed forest plantations.

FLEGT facilitation support office to open in Guyana

3rd October 2016

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) will set up a FLEGT facilitation support office in Guyana. The office is to back the country in the final stage of the FLEGT VPA negotiation process and subsequent implementation of the agreement.

News

News

Myanmar releases statement of progress in timber legality assurance

17th March 2017

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has published a statement that sets out an acknowledgement of the recent delegation and next steps in reform: Statement of Progress in Timber Legality Assurance in Myanmar We confirm that Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE), a state-owned enterprise under the Ministry […]

Allied Market Research predicts sharp growth in engineered wood market

1st March 2017

The engineered wood market is estimated to reach $41,273 million by 2022, growing at an annual rate of 24.8% from 2016 to 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. Engineered wood demand, as an alternative to concrete and other products, is expected to remain high during the forecast period. Engineered wood products […]

ATIBT publishes new guide to using African timbers in Europe

1st March 2017

New ATIBT guide on certified African timber

Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) has just released Volume 1 of its “User Guide for Eco-certified African Timber in Europe”. The Guide provides technical information on the tropical timber species, highlights its exceptional qualities and presents uses for which tropical timber has proven ideal. It also includes a list of species and their uses.

NEPCon releases new LegalSource standard

22nd February 2017

NEPCon released a new version of its LegalSource standard last week. The LegalSource standard is a set of requirements for creating a due diligence system to manage the risks of harvesting or sourcing timber.

Events

Events

Russia’s Market of Timber and Sawn Wood 2017 conference takes a close look at prospects of the Russian industry

MAXConference will hold the 2nd International Conference on the Russian wood market in Moscow on 21 April 2017. The event’s venue will be the Intercontinental Hotel. Key topics addressed by the conference include:

Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will discuss potential of tall timber buildings

Making its Australian debut, the Smart Skyscrapers Summit comes to Melbourne in March of 2017. One of the main topics will be rethinking Australian tall building design inspired by climate, culture and context. Featured speakers include sustainable building specialist Alistair Guthrie of Arup UK and Dr Philip Oldfield of the University of New South Wales will speak about how timber construction could revolutionise skyscraper typology.

Potential of wood as a building material will be discussed at BAU 2017

16-21 January 2017: BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, which takes place from 16 to 21 January 2017 in Munich, Germany, says it will “feature a number of new developments for wood materials, timber construction and facade systems as well as interior work, stairs, floor coverings and accessories”. The show […]

Montréal Wood Convention provides market insight and networking opportunities

28-30 March 2017: The Montréal Wood Convention invites participants to its 5th edition from March 28 to 30 2017 at the Bonaventure Montréal hotel. In 2016 the Convention attracted no fewer than 750 participants from across Canada, the United States and overseas and more than 90 exhibitors. Manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, retailers as well as suppliers of […]