New approach to increase responsible wood processing by African micro-businesses

22nd October 2018

LONDON, 22ND OCTOBER 2018: West, Central and East African associations outline support needed for 10,000 micro-businesses.   Identifies a ‘micro-business paradox’ with opportunities for change at scale being missed.   Research with twenty-one wood industry associations across six African countries reveals for the first time the extent of micro-businesses within their membership, the scale of […]

Towards a positive gender balance in the Ghanaian wood processing industry

12th October 2018

ACCRA, 12th OCTOBER 2018: New study describes existing gender balance and makes recommendations. The Global Timber Forum (GTF) today publishes a commissioned analysis of gender in the wood processing sector in Ghana. The new study reveals that in the wood processing sector women workers are much less visible than their male counterparts yet are involved in […]

GTF shares association research findings with EGILAT country members

20th August 2018

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 16th AUGUST 2018: GTF’s new Asia-Pacific Representative Stephen Mitchell presented at APEC’s 14th Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) meeting in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea in August. Held twice a year and open to government representatives of all 21 Pacific Rim member economies, the meeting is an exchange of information […]

First West & Central Africa ‘Responsible Trade’ Summit for wood product industry

18th June 2018

LIBREVILLE, JUNE 18th 2018: Today, for the first time, representatives of national and regional associations representing the wood product industries across West and Central Africa are convening to examine the shared challenges and opportunities of responsible trade and to build their capacity to respond. The Global Timber Forum’s Summit brings together 80 representatives from 10 countries […]



Launching GTF's Association Training Framework to support #microbusinesses with #responsibletrade.
#FLEGT #sustainability @FAOWestAfrica

Association training in Ghana. Talking through key challenges & opportunities Andrew ⁦@andrew_escott⁩ facilitates the discussions #Flegt #smes #microbusinesses

Can #Vietnam make good on their pledge to the EU market for legally-sourced #timber or will even more illegal timber flow to China? Chris Humphrey reports from Dong Ky woodworking village for @mongabay

Ghana ready to go #Flegt

Fair & Precious initiative de soutien aux bois tropicaux expliquée par @ATIBT_Asso @cbfp_pfbc

Illicit trade goes beyond contraband. At #contrabandoEC @jeffreyphardy mentioned that global illegal logging trade represents 52 - 157 billion usd. That is how our forests and our formal industries are affected.

Ouverture de la 18ème réunion des parties PFBC par la réunion du collège secteur privé animé par @ATIBT_Asso Jacqueline et @TheForestTrust Erith @cbfp_pfbc

Consultation sur le projet de déclaration de Bruxelles. L'impact positif potentiel des PME devrait être reconnu. @cbfp_pfbc Débat dirigé par @ATIBT_Asso

Permanent log ban in Sabah?

It was reassuring to hear from the Guyanese officials yesterday about the ongoing efforts to include the sme and micro businesses in the vpa process.