GTF LATAM summit boosts regional cooperation
The first GTF LATAM summit brought together associations and industry representatives from all over the Americas.
- 82 delegates
- 22 countries, including 14 from South and Central America
- 44 trade associations, including 39 from South and Central America
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.
Several presentations by regional, European and North American experts gave an overview of Latin American forestry as well as Latin America and Caribbean forestry policies and trade in legal wood. Another focus was on giving advice on identifying sources of funding, submitting project proposals and project management. Presentations can be downloaded below.
Delegates discovered common ground on issues and challenges such as communications, access to funding and compliance with international trade legislation. “Bringing regional associations together and talking about our issues, which we found are often very similar, has been a wonderful idea”, said Claudia Periano, Director of Institutional Development of the Argentinian Forestry Associations.
Christian Riofrio, Executive Director of the Ecuadorian Wood Industry Association, commented “GTF has helped bringing about information exchange between associations from North to South America and is giving us a voice in the international arena”. He also emphasized the importance of an umbrella organization for supporting organizations in coordinating communications, facilitating regional and global information exchange and gaining access to project funding.
The Latin America Summit was organized by the 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) Programme and took place on 28 and 29 November 2017.