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Africa

  • Commission of Central African Forests (COMIFAC)

    An alliance between Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, CAR, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Sao Tomé et Principé, DRC and Chad to develop sustainable forest management in the Congo Basin.
  • Inter African Forest Industries Association (IFIA)

    Umbrella association for trade and industry bodies in a number of countries, representing 300 companies. Focused on promoting African timber and sustainable forest management. Working with U.S. Forest Service, Forest Legality of Alliance, Central African Forest Commission, and the European Forest Institute, the IFIA is collaborating to highlight technologies and systems designed to improve transparency in Central Africa's forestry sector including genetic testing.
  • African Timber Organization (ATO)

    ATO is an intergovernmental organization for cooperation on forestry issues with 14 member countries, which between them account for over 75% of the tropical natural forests on the African continent. Worked with ITTO on development of the ATO/ITTO principles, criteria and indicators for sustainable management of African natural tropical forests. Members are Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote-d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome, Principe and Tanzania.

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • FIB

    The Federation of Timber Producers in DRC comprises 13 companies representing about 80% of forest concessions in DRC. Members adhere to FLEGT/VPA and are committed to forest certification principles.
  • Sodefor

    Society de Developpement Forestier is an association for the sustainable development of the forest and timber industries of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gabon

Ghana

  • Forestry Commission of Ghana

    Responsible for development, management and conservation of Ghana's forest resources and acts as an umbrella body for other agencies; including the Forest Services Division, Wood Industries Training Centre Resource Management Support, Resource Management Support Centre and Timber Industry Development Division (www.ghanatimber.org).

Asia

China

Indonesia

Laos

Myanmar

  • Myanmar Timber Merchants' Association

    State-backed private timber business association which liaises with foreign timber buyers, on behalf of producers. Focused on development of the private sector forest based economy and efficient, sustainable development and utilization of forest resources and knowledge transfer to small and medium scale timber industries.
  • Myanmar Timber Enterprise

    A governmental institution under the Ministry of Environmental Conservational and Forestry (MOECAF) focused on sustainable harvesting, sawmilling, downstream processing and marketing of timber.

Thailand

Europe

  • CEI-Bois (European Confederation of Woodworking Industries)

    CEI-Bois aims to further the interests of the European wood products sector and to influence EU policy-making. Part of their work is to publish a range of literature to promote wood and wood products.
  • European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry

    Represents the interests on European and international level of the sawmill industries of 12 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland), producing about 75% of the total European sawn wood output. It is the main body representing and defending the interests of the European sawmill industry towards the European Union.
  • European Timber Trade Federation

    An umbrella organisation for national federations and associations across the EU representing timber importers, traders and distribution. The ETTF promotes the interests of the timber trade across Europe, representing key national federations for importers, merchants and distributors. The ETTF liaises with and lobbies government and governmental bodies at national and international level, engages with environmental and other NGOs and provides a discussion and networking forum for the EU timber trade on key issues, from legislation and the environment, to sustainable timber promotion and best practice.

Belgium

  • Union Nationale des Entreprises du Bois (UNEBO)/ Nationale Unie Houtsector (NUHOS)

    Represents the Belgian timber merchants sector, as well as wholesale and retail membership. It has some 250 members, representing traders of softwood, hardwood, panels and timber products for construction and restoration work (including joinery, carpentry, flooring, garden products and decking).
  • Federation Belge du Commerce d'Importation de Bois / Belgische Federatie van de Houtinvoerhandel

    The Belgian Timber Importers Federation was founded in 1947 and today has 41 members, comprising 31 wood importers and ten agents from all over Belgium. Between them these companies account for the bulk of the country's ?1 billion of timber imports, the organisation claims. The core aim of the Federation is to monitor, protect and develop the professional interests of members, promote training and encourage dialogue across the sector. The Federation also represents members in dialogue with government and other public authorities and private institutions in order to raise awareness of and defend their common business interests. Another function is to collect professional trade information and disseminate it to member companies. The organisation's information centre, the Belgian Woodforum, provides free technical advice on the use of timber inside and outside the home.

Denmark

  • Danske Byggecentre / Danish Timber and Builders Merchants Federation

    Danish Building Centres (DB) is a trade organisation for Danish building material merchants, timber merchants, and the DIY sector. The total number of members is 410, which gives the membership a market share in Denmark of 98%, the organisation says. DB's declared objective is to take care of the interests of the trade both internally in relation to the members, and externally in relation to the points of common interest of the trade at home and abroad. DB is engaged in the education and training of trade personnel, and it represents the sector in relation to authorities, ministries, and Parliament. DB is also the organiser of the biggest building exhibition in Denmark, Byggeri, which takes place every second year in Fredericia, Jutland.
  • Dansk Traeforening/Danish Timber Trade Federation

    The Danish Timber Trade Federation represents the interests of the leading timber importing companies in Denmark. The purpose of the federation is to undertake its members' collective interests, including joint action in negotiations with authorities and with foreign and domestic organizations, for example. Members are timber importers, agents and timber traders. The federation includes Danish as well as foreign companies with significant imports of timber into Denmark from all origins. It currently represents 37 members.

Finland

  • Suomen Sahat / Finnish Sawmills Association

    The Finnish Sawmills Association promotes the interests of the independent sawmill industry. Its membership consists of about 30 companies from all over Finland. Practically all of them are family businesses. The Finnish Sawmills Association promotes the business activity of its members by looking after their interests. The Association aims to make the Finnish independent sawmill industry known as one of the most important branches of the national economy and to make sawmills known internationally as reliable and forward-looking partners. The Association monitors changes in the business environment, as well as anticipating and informing about them.
  • Suomen Puutavara-ja Rakennustarvikekauppiasyhdistys/ Finnish Timber and Builders' Merchants Association

    SPY is one of the shareholders of Puuinfo, which promotes the use of wood and wood products in construction and interior design to create demand in these markets. It disseminates research findings on the uses of wood and serves as an information channel for enterprises in the wood products industry. SPY was founded in 1940 and has 112 member companies. The association acts as representative for its members and works via Puuinfo (the Finnish Timber Council) in close operation with industry and clients.
  • Finnish Forest Industries Federation

    The lobbying organisation the sector, the FFIF aims to strengthen the industry's competitiveness and profitability by improving operating and marketing environments and creating a positive image for Finnish timber at home and abroad. Source of industry news, information and statistics.

France

  • Le Commerce du Bois

    France's timber industry association Le Commerce du Bois (LCB) was founded in 2000, bringing together companies specialising in timber and by-product distribution. LCB counts importers, including planed-product manufacturers, timber merchants and agents among its members. Its membership comprises 160 companies, which, between them employ some 4000 people and turn over around ?3 billion a year. The LCB has several key objectives. One is to promote a responsible procurement policy across the French industry through its environmental charter. This covers sales activities as well as purchase and has been compulsory for members since 2011. A central role is also to develop sales and expand the use of timber of timber and wood products as the environmentally friendly building materials. LCB is also undertaking several action programmes to ensure the industry meets market requirements. LCB also cooperates with major international decision-making bodies.
  • FNBM (Fédération du Négoce de Bois et des Matériaux de Construction / French Timber and Builders Merchants Federation)

    The French Timber and Builders Merchants Federation (FNBM) represents both timber traders and builders' merchants. It has more than 1,100 members. The organisation provides a platform for dialogue between the timber and building materials trade through several joint committees that address issues such as wages, working time or training. The FNBM is also dedicated to defending the interests of wood and building materials traders in dialogue with the public authorities and agencies.

Germany

  • German Timber Trade Federation/GD Holz

    GD Holz represents the interests of the specialist timber trade and its distribution channels in Germany. It has around 900 member companies with a combined annual turnover of some ?11bn. GD Holz member companies are active in the wholesale, foreign trade, retail, veneer and roundwood trading sectors. These five sectors are represented by special committees and working groups within GD Holz. The association provides technical information on wood, training courses and development programmes as well as legal advice and services. GD Holz is a member of the German Wood Economic Affairs Council (DHWR) and the Initiative for Veneer and Nature (IFN). It also participates in a range of engineering standards committees and is a member of the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF).

Greece

  • Hellenic Timber Association

    Established in 1960 as the Timber Importers Association, the Hellenic Timber Association now has around 100 members, representing the entire spectrum of the timber trade in Greece. The organisation includes chipboard, MDF and flooring producers, structural timber suppliers, timber agents, importers, and distributors all over the country. The Hellenic Timber Association says it is working to increase awareness of the industry across the country by staging events, during which, for example the EU Timber Regulation is being explained. It also publishes a trade newsletter and supports the marketing efforts of Pro Holz, the American Hardwood Export Council and Malaysian Timber Council in Greece.

Italy

  • Fedecomlegno

    Fedecomlegno, the Italian national timber association, represents importers, merchants, and agents trading in timber as well as semi-processed and finished wood products. It has around 100 members, spread across the whole of Italy. Fedecomlegno is a member of Federlegnoarredo, the Italian federation of the wood, cork and furniture industries, which comprises more than 2500 members (www.federlegnoarredo.it). Another important role of Fedecomlegno is to promote wood, raise awareness of its potential and to increase Italian consumption.

Netherlands

  • VVNH / Netherlands Timber Trade Association

    The Netherlands Timber Trade Association has 260 members in the timber wholesale sector, including retailers. The NTTA membership imports some 2.5 million m3 of timber a year, accounting for 65%-70% of the country's total. The NTTA represents their interests in economics, commerce, social issues and the environment. It also provides technical coordination and support in value-added wood processing. In 2009, the NTTA also started a joint effort in the area of corporate social responsibility with the Dutch Association of Joinery Manufacturers, and is now looking for other partners for the project. This is aimed at meeting their targets for 50% of hardwood, 85% of plywood and 100% of softwood imported by the Netherlands to be verified as sourced from sustainably managed forests. Centrum Hout (the Dutch Centre for Timber) is a division of the NTTA focused on wood promotion. It targets architects, housing corporations, contractors and the education sector through seminars, literature, a helpline and its website (www.centrumhout.nl).

Norway

  • Treindustrien

    Has 90 producing member companies, representing 90% of Norwegian production capacity. Firms are located close to the raw material (wood) and a majority of them constitute the cornerstones of their communities. Around 70% of Norway's forestry revenues come from the timber industry, which primarily services the construction sector.

Spain

  • AEIM / Spanish Timber Trade Federation

    AEIM was established in 1957 as the Spanish Group of Timber Importers. In 1978 it became the Spanish Association of Timber Importers and finally in 2010 the Spanish Timber Trade Federation. Its membership comprises importers, wholesalers, distributors, agents and exporters that trade in all types of wood products. The key areas of activity include promotion of both timber products and the member companies through exhibitions, architects seminars, and other networking and promotional initiatives, publications communication and public relations. The AEIM has 142 members.

Sweden

  • Swedish Forest Industries Federation

    The Swedish Forest Industries Federation represents around 50 pulp and paper manufacturers and around 115 sawmills. It also represents a number of companies that are closely associated with pulp and paper or sawn timber manufacture. The Swedish forest industry employs close to 60 000 people and exports were valued at SEK 120 billion in 2013.

Switzerland

  • Schweizer Holzhandelszentrale / Swiss Timber Industry Federation

    The Swiss Timber Industry Federation is the shared main office of the two independent federations Holzwerkstoffe Schweiz (mainly representing the trade of sawnwood and wood-based panels) and Schweizer Furnier-Verband (which represents the veneer trade). The affiliated membership in total realizes turnover of about $1.2 billion per year. The federation coordinates the interests and activities within the sector. As the representative body of the timber trade at national level it is in contacts with government authorities, and the wider timber-using industry, including the marketing and information organization Lignum. It also represents the trade at international level, for example through its membership of the European Timber Trade Federation. The Swiss Timber Industry Federation offers a range of services, including foreign trade statistics for timber and timber products. It also organizes training and further education.

UK

  • British Woodworking Federation

    The BWF is a business support organisation for 700+ member companies in the woodworking sector, plus guidance for end-users and specifiers. It focuses on lobbying policy makers and standard setters and provides free technical advice.
  • Timber Trade Federation

    The TTF is the UK wood import and distribution sector trade body, but with its 250 members drawn from across the timber and wood products supply chain. Its mission is to grow the use of wood through industry representation and communication on public, regulatory and commercial affairs. It has a mandatory Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) and strongly backed introduction of the EU Timber Regulation.

North America

Canada

  • Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA)

    WRCLA promotes WRC as user-friendly by producing quality products to uniform standards and by providing the construction industry with information about WRC products, their specifications and use.
  • Forest Products Association of Canada

    FPAC is the national representative body for Canada's wood and forest products producers in government, trade and environmental affairs. Represents 30 of the country's largest businesses, accounting for over 75% of Canada's working forests. Runs programmes promoting sustainable forest management and environmental stewardship. In 2012 launched the Vision 2020 pan industry development strategy roadmap aimed at creating 60,000 new jobs, a 35% improvement in environmental performance and an additional C$20bn economic activity in the sector, via new product development, market growth and increased efficiency.
  • Council of Forest Industries (COFI)

    COFI is a British Columbia-based forest industry trade association representing approximately 130 forest companies and several forest industry trade associations. COFI's mandate is to create a climate for consistent, healthy, economic forest sector development. Focuses include aboriginal affairs; environment and energy; forestry; markets trade and transportation.
  • Canadian Wood Council

    National federation representing the solid wood products industry and supporting it with technical data, with a particular focus on wood in construction via the ReThink Wood promotional and informational campaign (www.rethinkwood.com). Also publishes Wood Design & Building magazine (www.wooddesign.dgtlpub.com).

USA

  • Southern Forest Products Association

    The SFPA is a non-profit trade association representing Southern Pine lumber producers. SFPA is the leading source of information about Southern Pine products for design-build professionals and consumers.
  • Softwood Export Council

    The SEC's mission is to expand export markets for primary and secondary softwood lumber products manufactured in the U.S. SEC cooperates with the Southern Pine Council (SPC) and APA?The Engineered Wood Association (APA) to maintain a multi-national presence, known as American Softwoods, in overseas markets. Under the American Softwoods brand, SEC maintains in-country offices in key export markets and conducts promotional activities in support of its lumber export market expansion mission.
  • National Hardwood Lumber Association

    The NHLA is known globally for its long-established grading rules and system, in which it offers training and guidance worldwide. Represents more than 1,200 member companies and over one million individuals producing, using and selling hardwood. Roles include communication and promotion, lobbying and advocacy via the Hardwood Federation Political Action Committee, networking and marketing.
  • International Wood Products Association

    The IWPA represents the North American imported wood products industry, with over 200 companies and trade organizations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in more than 30 nations across the globe. Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.
  • APA - The Engineered Wood Association

    APA is a non-profit trade association that represents US and Canadian manufacturers of structural engineered wood products, including plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), glued-laminated timber (glulam), wood I-joists and structural composite lumber. Its primary functions are product certification and testing, applied research, and market support and development.
  • American Wood Council

    The AFRC membership is made up of manufacturers and companies that work directly in or represent the forest products industry, including lumber, plywood and other forest products suppliers, forest owners and businesses associated with the sector. Its goal is to encourage socially and scientifically responsible forestry and forest products supply.
  • American Hardwood Export Council

    AHEC is the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, representing companies and trade associations engaged in the export of the full range of U.S. hardwood products, including - lumber, veneer, plywood, flooring, moulding and dimension materials. Provides technical information, works on development projects and undertakes marketing and promotional activities. Offices in Europe, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Oceania

Australia

  • Timber Development Association of New South Wales

    The TDA is an industry funded, not for profit representing all segments of the timber industry and key source of data and information. It is also involved in training and marketing, runs seminars and courses and supports the Australian Timber Design Awards. Focus is the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the sector.
  • Australian Timber Importers Federation

    Represents business interests of timber and wood-based product importing and wholesaling companies and advocates for the importing trade in national fora. Lobbies government on key issues such as the strategic importance of timber in construction, legality assurance, certification systems and forest management policy. Aim to improve timber's market opportunities and competitive advantage in order to increase overall demand for timber and wood-based products and support and promote timber and wood products innovation, research and development. Playing a key role in market education and implementation of the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act.
  • Australian Forest Products Association

    AFPA represents all elements of the value chain from forestry and plantations to timber processing and pulp and paper production.

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

  • Papua New Guinea Forest Industries Association

    The PNGFIA is an association of companies across the timber industry. It promotes their commercial interests and sustainable forest development and advises the Minister for Forests and National Forest Service from the industry perspective and is a member of the National Forest Board.

South America

Argentina

Brazil

  • AIMEX

    The Industry and Exporters Association of the Brazilian state of Pará. A non-profit association focused on sustainable development of the sector, including added value.

Chile

  • CORMA

    Represents 150 companies in the private forestry sector, lobbying government, and promoting economic and environmental development of the industry.

Colombia

  • CONIF

    The Corporacion Nacional de Investigacion y Fomento Forestal's role is to foster forestry sector and timber industry development through research and promotion. It established Colombia's first forest research centre and today works with government and private sector on developing industry policy. Works closely with the National Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (INDERENA) and has a particular focus on plantation development policy.

Ecuador

Guyana

  • Guyana Manufacturing & Services Association

    Represents the interests and fosters the development of a wide range of manufacturing and production industries, including forestry and forest products, and agriculture. Liaises with government and other business support agencies. Also helps set standards and promotes research and development projects.

Honduras

Peru

  • Camara Nacional Forestal

    The CNF promotes sustainable use of Peru's forest resources, focused on economic and social development and development of new technologies. It is also a source of industry data and information.

Worldwide

  • Forestry Department of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

    FAO assists UN member countries with national forest policy formulation and the strengthening of forest-related institutions, including support for extension and community forestry. It works closely with the ITTO on a range of areas, including development of guidelines for improving legal compliance.
  • United Nations Economic Committee for Europe Timber Committee

    Oversees developments in temperate and boreal forests of Europe and North America. Also a member of the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Forest Statistics, in which it works with ITTO, Eurostat and the FAO Forestry Department and which administers the global Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire used to collect forestry production and trade data worldwide.
  • ITTO

    Established in 1986 under the auspices of the UN on the premise that key to tropical forests' sustainable development was viable trade in timber from well-managed resources. Governed by an international council drawn from member countries worldwide, with an executive in Yokohama, the ITTO manages its own sustainable timber and forest development projects, funded by voluntary contribution. It develops international policy on sustainable forest management and conservation, engaging with government, civil society and trade. Another key role is collation, analysis and dissemination of trade data through its publications.
  • Center for International Forestry Research

    CIFOR is an international research and global knowledge body established under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Its mission is conservation of forests and improving the livelihoods of tropical forest communities. Works closely with the ITTO and was a key contributor to its guidelines for the restoration, management and rehabilitation of degraded and secondary tropical forests.
  • ATIBT

    The Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux is an alliance of timber sector companies and organisations in Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast, largely European timber traders and associations, NGOs and other international agencies. Its goal is to promote the sustainable development of the central African timber sector, and promote its business and products on the international stage.
  • United Nations Forum on Forests

    The United Nations' intergovernmental policy forum for promoting management, conservation and sustainable development of forests worldwide and strengthening political commitment to the sector.

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