• Myanmar releases statement of progress in timber legality assurance

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has published a statement that sets out an acknowledgement of the recent delegation and next steps in reform: Statement of Progress in Timber Legality Assurance in Myanmar We confirm that Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE), a state-owned enterprise under the Ministry […]

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

    Alexander de Groot and Koen de Witte, CEOs of Fepco and Altripan, have been among the first European importers to receive FLEGT licensed wood from Indonesia. In an interview with GTF they talk about the importance of FLEGT for the European trade and their hopes for the future. They also call upon European governments to support FLEGT.

  • Drilling down into Due Diligence – A GTF report

    If there’s a key to the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) doing its job and keeping illegal timber off the EU market, it’s effective exercise of due diligence by the legitimate trade. That’s why the Global Timber Forum (GTF) has undertaken an international Supplier and Consumer Due Diligence Analysis, to find out just how well companies understand […]

  • GTF Executive Director Rachel Butler on the Global Timber Forum

    Rachel Butler, Executive Director of the Global Timber Forum, speaks about the priorities of the new international timber sector networking and communications platform.

  • GTF Chair Cindy Squires: “GTF can be a force-multiplier for SMEs and trade associations”

    Cindy Squires, Executive Director of the International Wood Products Association and GTF Chair, asserts that the private sector, or “people on the ground”, need to be informed and included in discussions on timber legality and sustainability. They also need to be aware of the laws in the countries they work with, she explains – and […]

  • New board forms step-off point for GTF development

    The Global Timber Forum’s creation of a new international board was unveiled at their event hosted at the Rome headquarters by key supporter, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) EU-FLEGT Programme.

  • Global Timber Forum looks to future at Rome summit

    The Global Timber Forum (GTF) is a communications channel and facilitator, supporting the timber industry worldwide in its roles as supplier of the most sustainable and versatile building and manufacturing material and as guardian of a vital environmental resource. It has now unveiled key new developments and secured long-term funding to enhance its capabilities. This […]

  • Report brings Myanmar private forest and timber sector needs into focus

    A major report has been completed into the business, market and environmental policy development needs of Myanmar’s private forest and timber sector as it increasingly engages with the international market and its legality and sustainability requirements.

  • GTF survey on due diligence finds SMEs to be performing well

    Since the EU Timber Regulation was first adopted there has been much debate and some confusion as to the best approach to practicing due diligence. What does a good system look like? How much diligence should be practiced? How is risk assessed and suitably managed? In May and June GTF commissioned some analysis of a sample of European and producer-country small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) involved in the forest products trade. The detailed results of this research will soon be available for download from the GTF website, but some initial findings are ready to be shared now.

  • Global Timber Forum to move forward and establish legal status

    The GTF advisory board agreed to set up a legal structure for the Global Timber Forum on occasion of last week’s GTF Summit in Shanghai. The not-for-profit company is to be UK-based and formal set-up is expected to be completed during the course of the summer.