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GTF LATAM summit boosts regional cooperation

31st January 2018

The first GTF LATAM summit brought together more than 80 associations and industry representatives from all over the Americas. Discussions in plenary and break-out sessions were held over two days. They focussed on competitiveness and access to markets; impacts of new and emerging regulations; regional trade flow data; incentives for forest conservation; efficient traceability systems and independent forest monitoring.

First Latin America summit for wood product industry on responsible trade

28th November 2017

The Latin America Summit marks the first time that representatives of national and regional associations representing the wood product industries across Latin America are convening to examine the shared challenges and opportunities of responsible trade.

New GTF/GIZ report looking into Peruvian associations’ capacities and needs

10th November 2017

The Peruvian forestry sector has suffered a severe setback in recent years. Since the intervention and seizure of significant volumes of illegal timber in 2015 and 2016, and the alerts issued in the countries of destination such as the USA, the demand for wood products from Peru has decreased considerably. Thus, not only timber exporters […]

GTF Trade Dialgues: Information-sharing and longer-term supply agreements are key to SME success

17th May 2017

For part two of its Trade Dialogues series GTF spoke to Danzer UK managing director Ken Walsh about EU market opportunities for producer-country SMEs, how due diligence is carried out in practice and the relevance of FLEGT VPAs. Danzer UK has been one of the pioneers of responsible sourcing in Europe: it started gathering evidence of […]

FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring moves forward

18th April 2017

ITTO has relaunched the FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) programme effective 1 April 2017. New Lead Consultant Sarah Storck and IMM Market and Technical Analyst Rupert Oliver are finalizing the IMM 2015/2016 Annual Reports and reactivating and expanding the international network of IMM correspondents. An IMM website and quarterly newsletters are also under development.

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.

GTF TradeDialogues: 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.

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GTF LATAM summit boosts regional cooperation

31st January 2018

The first GTF LATAM summit brought together more than 80 associations and industry representatives from all over the Americas. Discussions in plenary and break-out sessions were held over two days. They focussed on competitiveness and access to markets; impacts of new and emerging regulations; regional trade flow data; incentives for forest conservation; efficient traceability systems and independent forest monitoring.

First Latin America summit for wood product industry on responsible trade

28th November 2017

The Latin America Summit marks the first time that representatives of national and regional associations representing the wood product industries across Latin America are convening to examine the shared challenges and opportunities of responsible trade.

New GTF/GIZ report looking into Peruvian associations’ capacities and needs

10th November 2017

The Peruvian forestry sector has suffered a severe setback in recent years. Since the intervention and seizure of significant volumes of illegal timber in 2015 and 2016, and the alerts issued in the countries of destination such as the USA, the demand for wood products from Peru has decreased considerably. Thus, not only timber exporters […]

GTF Trade Dialgues: Information-sharing and longer-term supply agreements are key to SME success

17th May 2017

For part two of its Trade Dialogues series GTF spoke to Danzer UK managing director Ken Walsh about EU market opportunities for producer-country SMEs, how due diligence is carried out in practice and the relevance of FLEGT VPAs. Danzer UK has been one of the pioneers of responsible sourcing in Europe: it started gathering evidence of […]

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EU and #Laos hold their second round of face-to-face negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (#VPA) on #FLEGT - https://t.co/0WjxRfnHMV [via https://t.co/Ul14FVQVUX] The talks took place in the Lao capital Vientiane from 4-7 June 2018 #timberlegality #timber #forestry

Just 4 days until the start of #AfricaSummit in Libreville @ndfwestafrica @FAOAfriqueCent @FAOWestAfrica #FLEGT

Sabah imposes short-term ban on log exports https://t.co/n0QdArBg32

Day 1 of #NGP2018 in Uganda - We’ve heard from Govt Ministers, CEOs, Investors, NGOs and even some foresters. Unique opportunity to network, share ideas and hopefully plant some trees! https://t.co/WFXgqNFi3T

#IMM and ATIBT decided to merge the #IMMTradeConsultation and a conference planned by ATIBT during Carrefour du Bois on 31 May. For more information on the conference programme go to https://t.co/w4Y7mnIk67. Participation is free of charge - register here https://t.co/zBCk4hk5XW