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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 […]

300x202xImage1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.vjuumLaIRb AHEC revives European Hardwood Conference

16th August 2016

20-21 October 2016: Under the theme “driving change in European hardwood markets” AHEC will once again hold its European Hardwood Conference this year. The event will take place on 20 and 21 October in Copenhagen at the Mariott Hotel. AHEC says it will be bringing together leaders from the US hardwood industry and major buyers from European markets […]

HAUT, the highest wooden residential building in the world to date. Picture ARUP. Amsterdam wants to build world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

5th August 2016

HAUT, a 73 metre skyscraper to be built in Amsterdam’s Amstelkwartier, is another example of the growing timber architecture trend hitting tall building design. The project was awarded to a group of architects including ARUP, Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen, TEAM V Architecture and Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij.

Picture courtesy of VHI/Pfleiderer Holzwerkstoffe GmbH EPA releases final formaldehyde rule

1st August 2016

The US Environmental Protection Agency pre-published a copy of its final rule implementing more stringent formaldehyde emission standards. The rule will go into effect one year after it is published.

STTC conference wrap-up session Tropical Timber: “Use it or lose it”

1st July 2016

The future of the world’s remaining tropical forests depends on the responsible use of tropical timber, concluded participants and speakers at the Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition’s (STTC) latest conference ‘Real impact through timber purchasing policies’ held in Rotterdam on 23 June. Consumption of tropical timber was identified as the only way of protecting tropical forests […]

News

News

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.

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

8th November 2016

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

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 2017: 90 % of exhibition space booked

27th October 2016

Ligna

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.

Events

Events

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 […]

AHEC revives European Hardwood Conference

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20-21 October 2016: Under the theme “driving change in European hardwood markets” AHEC will once again hold its European Hardwood Conference this year. The event will take place on 20 and 21 October in Copenhagen at the Mariott Hotel. AHEC says it will be bringing together leaders from the US hardwood industry and major buyers from European markets […]

CNFPIA invites to 3rd WBP World Congress

23-24 September 2016: The China National Forest Products Industry Association (CNFPIA) invites to the 3rd Wood-based Panels World Congress and concurrent China (Linyi) International Timber Industry Expo, which will take place in Linyi city, Shandong Province, China. The event coincides with the China (Linyi) International Trade and Logistics Fair. Green manufacturing will be the key […]