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CLT geological research center in Spitsbergen. Image: Veldekke Arctic AS 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.

Installation by Rubner Holzbau, Bau 2015. Picture: Messe München 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 […]

Speaker at the Industry Economy and Markets Seminar. Picture Montreal Wood Convention 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 […]

Canada-China combatting illegal logging round table. Image: BC Gov News 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.

Forest mapping during a field visit to Vietnam. Picture courtesy of EU FLEGT Facility, EFI. 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.

First shipment with FLEGT license of Indonesian plywood. 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.

St George's cathedral in Georgetown. One of the biggest wooden buildings in the Carribean. 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.

Forest in Ghana. Picture: Ghana Forestry Commission 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.

EU delegation in Guyana. Picture EU FLEGT Facility 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.

Louis Vuitton Museum. Picture IHF,  © Hess Timber IHF 2016 focuses on urban construction development

23rd September 2016

7-9 December 2016: The 22nd edition of the International Wood Construction Conference (IHF) takes place in the German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 7-9 December 2016. The conference takes a close look at urban construction trends and the role wood can play in contemporary and future urban construction. Speakers will present the latest developments in timber engineering […]

DEVCO production field visit in Indonesia. Picture EU FLEGT Facility German and UK FLEGT CAs release information on their preparations

23rd September 2016

National FLEGT Competent Authorities (CAs) across the EU are preparing for the arrival of the first FLEGT licenced timber, according to information in the latest ETTF newsletter. FLEGT licensed cargoes from Indonesia are expected in the EU before the end of 2016, with Belgium and the UK among likely first points of entry.

flegt-licensing-newsletter-screenshot ETTF dedicates newsletter to Indonesian FLEGT licenses

21st September 2016

The ETTF has produced a special edition of the ETTF Newsletter to mark the announcement that Indonesia will issue the first ever FLEGT licenses in November. It contains background information on the Indonesian V-Legal legality assurance system, Indonesian-EU trade in wood and wood-based products and the implementation of the Indonesian VPA. Moreover, EC Environmental Commissioner Karmenu […]

Indonesia and EU sign agreement. Picture FLEGT.org Indonesia has done it! First FLEGT licenses will be issued in November

16th September 2016

Indonesia and the European Union agreed on 15 September that from 15 November 2016 Indonesia can issue FLEGT licenses to timber products it exports to the EU. This means that Indonesia is the first country to be exempted from EUTR Due Diligence; wood products from Indonesia will automatically meet EUTR requirements in the future. “Indonesia […]

Pages de Official Programme ISC2016 International Softwood Conference takes place in Paris

17th August 2016

12-14 October 2016:  The French Timber Trade Association (Le Commerce du Bois – LCB) and the French National Organization of Sawmills (Fédération Nationale du Bois – FNB) organise this year’s International Softwood Conference in Paris from 12-14 October. According to the organisers, the conference will examine both supply and demand side issues and provide a unique occasion […]

The Smile. Picture Alison Brooks Architects AHEC and partners show London a Smile

16th August 2016

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October. Alison Brooks Architects has designed ‘The Smile’, an urban installation that showcases the structural […]

News

News

Timber building prospers even in Arctic climate

28th December 2016

CLT geological research center in Spitsbergen. Image: Veldekke Arctic AS

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.

China is moving towards sustainable forest certification

12th December 2016

Canada-China combatting illegal logging round table. Image: BC Gov News

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

Forest mapping during a field visit to Vietnam. Picture courtesy of EU FLEGT Facility, EFI.

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

First shipment with FLEGT license of Indonesian plywood.

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.

Events

Events

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

Installation by Rubner Holzbau, Bau 2015. Picture: Messe München

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

Speaker at the Industry Economy and Markets Seminar. Picture Montreal Wood Convention

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 […]

IHF 2016 focuses on urban construction development

Louis Vuitton Museum. Picture IHF,  © Hess Timber

7-9 December 2016: The 22nd edition of the International Wood Construction Conference (IHF) takes place in the German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 7-9 December 2016. The conference takes a close look at urban construction trends and the role wood can play in contemporary and future urban construction. Speakers will present the latest developments in timber engineering […]

International Softwood Conference takes place in Paris

Pages de Official Programme ISC2016

12-14 October 2016:  The French Timber Trade Association (Le Commerce du Bois – LCB) and the French National Organization of Sawmills (Fédération Nationale du Bois – FNB) organise this year’s International Softwood Conference in Paris from 12-14 October. According to the organisers, the conference will examine both supply and demand side issues and provide a unique occasion […]