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

    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

    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

    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

    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 […]

  • GTF LATAM summit boosts regional cooperation

    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

    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.

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

    LIMA, 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, […]

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

    GTF Trade Dialogues is a series of video interviews designed for the timber trade to exchange views and learn from each others’ experience. 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 […]

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

    As part 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 responsible […]

  • GTF Trade Dialogue: FLEGT – unlike due diligence – creates a level playing field

    GTF Trade Dialogues is a series of video interviews designed for the timber trade to exchange views and learn from each others’ experience. In this TradeDialogue, GTF speaks with Koen de Witte, CEO of Altripan, and Alexander de Groot, CEO of Fepco, about the relevance of FLEGT for the European timber trade. Mr de Groot and Mr de Witte were among […]