Mapping Europe’s sustainable tropical timber footprint and growing its global impact

5th December 2019

Wageningen/Utrecht/London, December 4, 2019 EU import of tropical timber can positively impact an additional 12.5 million ha tropical forests. The new report Tropical Timber Market Data report published by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative estimates that between 25% and 32% of the primary tropical timber products imported into the EU28 is sourced from certified sustainably […]

Asia Pacific association leaders reveal the pressures on the forest and wood product industry

13th June 2019

Leaders interviewed represent over 13,000 companies, trading in excess of USD $30 billion Study covers 5 of the main producing, manufacturing and consuming countries in the Asia Pacific region Over 80% of the membership of these associations are micro, small or medium sized companies Jakarta, 13 June 2019: Global Timber Forum (GTF) today announces the […]

Political uncertainty limits the success of small wood product businesses across LATAM

5th March 2019

New study shows fluctuating political administrations de-stabilise business environment SMEs facing vicious circle of declining profitability and inability to access finance Broad ‘Illegal’ sector reputation restricts market opportunity for exporters   Lima, 5th March 2019:  Global Timber Forum (GTF) today launches the results of a multi-country timber industry study highlighting the major challenges facing small […]

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

22nd October 2018

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 […]



Call for action! If Europe sourced 100% verified sustainable tropical timber, it would have positively impacted over 16 million ha tropical forests and reduced CO2 emissions significantly in 2020. Our new report with @GTF_Forum, commissioned by @IDHTrade:

The EU27+UK market remains a key attractive and stable market for verified sustainable and verified legal tropical timber products despite decreasing imports. Click here to read the report:

#tropicaltimber #sustainablesourcing

Good article about the “landscape approach” and the role of forestry plantations … 🌲🌳🌱
“a form of agriculture that grows trees instead of food crops”

'UK's flagship Environment Bill is welcome... but as it stands, it won’t stop critical landscapes like the Amazon being destroyed to grow food and produce other goods' new report by #WWF. New thinking is needed on deforestation, demand-side regulations are not enough!

"Data shows that global regions with the highest levels of industrial timber harvest and forest product output are also regions with the lowest rates of deforestation." @ThinkWood Q&A w/ Dr. Edie Sonne Hall on #sustainableforestry & the built environment.

The landmark first-ever conservation assessment on all the world’s trees is here. With at least 30% of tree species at risk of extinction, the report identifies where conservation action is needed most urgently.
Read here:
@bgci @globaltrees

On the left deforestation rates due to local consumption & on the right rates due to international trade. Demonstrates why EU/US demand-side policies are having limited impact #FLEGT #EUTR #Lacey
Latin America 77% 23%
Asia-Pacific 56% 44%
Africa 91% 9%

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Monday forestry thoughts: A forest is not valued only by the number of trees but the nature, biodiversity, wildlife and people it supports!

Meanwhile, check out the summary report from our recently concluded forestry study tour around the globe:

#Forests #Trees vital to human well-being…