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 […]



IWPA statement on the violence at our Nation’s Capitol today.

Join us today! Responsible Trade Dialogue between #Indonesian #US #European #woodproducts #associations discuss #economicrecovery #EmergingMarkets @iwpawood @gdholz @kayulegal @asmindopst @foresthintsnews @APHI_forest @FLEGTIMM

The importance of engaging #SMEs with strategies to ensure a responsible, legal forest and timber trade has been recognised by the #EU in connection with the #FLEGT initiative, says the
in a new briefing paper:

Sometimes criticized as sterile #monocultures, can forest plantations contribute to conserving and restoring #biodiversity?

Read more in the New Generation Plantations 2020 Review

Understanding #sustainable secondary tropical wood products through data. Exploring Europe’s share of verified legal and sustainable secondary tropical wood
products import in 2019. Proud to have participated. By @IDH_buzz @GTF_Forum @stichtingprobos

#SMEs & #microbusinesses are the backbone of the #forest & #wood based sector. The challenges need to focus on #SMEs as central to the solution particularly strengthening institutional support #associations Read the ‘call to action’

Like Gabon Minister Dr. @LeeWhiteCBE said at the #STTC2020: 'Concerted effort is needed to make the forest more valuable.'

Support producers like Gabon and join forces to improve the business case of sustainable forest management!

A big thank you to all speakers & participants!

"Small businesses are the backbone of the forest management and forest products sector around the world."

Essential that we increase the resilience of wood-based supply chains - important new paper from @GTF_Forum

@europeanforest @AmericanForests @nature_org @FAOForestry

If EU27+UK would source 100% sustainable tropical timber, it would positively impact over 18 mill ha tropical forests AND reduce CO2 emissions by at least 100 mill metric tons.

Our latest study with @GTF_Forum and @IDH_buzz:

A strong call for action!

Just amazing!

Over ONE MILLION people have told the EU they want a strong law to protect forests and other ecosystems

It's time for EU Commissioners @VSinkevicius and @TimmermansEU to put pen to paper and stop EU consumption driving nature destruction