• 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.

  • ATIBT publishes new guide to using African timbers in Europe New ATIBT guide on certified African timber

    Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) has just released Volume 1 of its “User Guide for Eco-certified African Timber in Europe”. The Guide provides technical information on the tropical timber species, highlights its exceptional qualities and presents uses for which tropical timber has proven ideal. It also includes a list of species and their uses.

  • AHEC and partners show London a Smile

    The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October. Alison Brooks Architects has designed ‘The Smile’, an urban installation that showcases the structural […]

  • Tropical Timber: “Use it or lose it”

    The future of the world’s remaining tropical forests depends on the responsible use of tropical timber, concluded participants and speakers at the Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition’s (STTC) latest conference ‘Real impact through timber purchasing policies’ held in Rotterdam on 23 June. Consumption of tropical timber was identified as the only way of protecting tropical forests […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FSC and ITTO promote use of Lesser Known Species

    FSC and ITTO have recently launched websites and databases to promote the use of Lesser Known Timber Species (LKTS). The aim is to develop a more diverse timber market to support sustainable forestry, improved pricing and regional development through the commercialisation of a greater variety of wood species.

  • Politicians want wood in UK Houses of Parliament refurb

    The UK Houses of Parliament are set to undergo a multi-billion pound refurbishment and a cross-party group of politicians are calling for extensive use of timber in the work. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of members of parliament (MPs) on Timber Industries was only recently formed on the initiative of the Confederation of Timber […]

  • Canada pressing for new softwood lumber deal

    Canadian politicians are pushing hard for the renewal of the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the US and Canada, which expired last autumn. Trade talks were held in mid-February and another round of talks will probably be held early March, according to the Wall Street Journal.