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First Latin America summit for wood product industry on responsible trade

Lima, November 28, 2017. Today, 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.

The Summit is organised by Global Timber Forum (GTF) with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through the FAO and European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Program. Taking place over two days the sixty delegates represent many of the small and medium sized businesses across the wood products industry of Latin America.

Important areas for discussion during the Summit will include competitiveness and access to markets; impact of new and emerging regulation; regional trade flow data; incentives for forest conservation; efficient traceability systems and independent forest monitoring.

The conference participants will also review examples of governments, communities and business working together towards responsible trade in the region. These examples include the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) with the European Union (EU) by Honduras and Guyana; the Inter-Sectorial Pact for Wood in Colombia; the community technical units in Peru designated as veedores or custodians of the forest with technical functions; the traceability systems in Guatemala and Honduras; and the alliance to stop illegal logging between Belize and Guatemala.

Commenting on today’s opening of the Summit the Executive Director of Global Timber Forum, Rachel Butler said: “Given the realities of engaging with small businesses across complex supply chains it is only by convening together that their associations will strengthen responsible trade. The Summit will also allow for the participation of other important stakeholders so that a strong consensus can emerge across the region.”

Speaking at the start of the Summit, FAO Forestry Officer, Guillermo Navarro commented “This Summit will allow the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding the latest advances in trade with high environmental and social standards. In parallel it is also important that we are able to identify the barriers faced by the wood products industries in the region. By providing these shared spaces for dialogue we can help connect the region on all these issues.”

 

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Notes to Editors

  1. The Meeting is organized by Global Timber Forum (GTF) with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Program funded by the European Union, the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom and FAO.

About the organisers

Global Timber Forum convenes associations of the wood-based industries and their stakeholders to address shared challenges in responsible trade

FAO and European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Program seeks to reduce and eventually, eliminate illegal logging to improve forest governance. The program is funded by the EU, the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom and FAO.

 

For further information please contact:

For GTF:

Sarah Storck

sarahstorck@gtf-info.com

 

For FAO:

Loretta Favaratto – FAO Peru

Loretta.favaratto@fao.org

 

 

 

Added by: Sarah Storck