Tropical Timber Forum: Reducing risk, improving supply

Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM GST

26, Store Street, England, WC1E 7BT, United Kingdom

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM GST

The Building Centre, 26, , England, WC1E 7BT, United Kingdom.

Tropical timber is an important element of the global trade of hardwood, and when sustainably managed, it is a resource able to benefit everyone in the supply chain. However, integrating sustainable practices is not always a simple task.

#TTF19 takes a special look at the challenges of establishing a supply of quality hardwoods, beginning with a special focus on Africa, particularly from West Africa and the Congo Basin, which have been sources for hundreds of years.

In the afternoon we expand our focus to countries such as Indonesia which have successfully implemented FLEGT, to Guyana which remain on the journey, and to Brazil which has been a focus of international news in recent months.

We will also take a wider look at the flow of timber into Europe from around the world, and ultimately discuss what can be done to reduce risk and improve the quality of supply.

This one-day is free to attend for TTF members and their guests, but registration is essential.





10:30 - Welcome & Introduction (David Hopkins, Timber Trade Federation)

10:40 - Market Overview of Tropical Trade Flows to Europe (Mike Jeffree, Independent Market Monitor) 

11:10 - African Trade Flows (Tullia Baldassarri, Interholco, on behalf of Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux)

11:30 - Gabon (Dick Anning, Carl Ronnow)

11:50 - Ghana (Chris Beeko, Ghana Forestry Commission and Richard Carter, RJC Agencies)

12:10 - Republic of Congo (Tullia Baldassarri, Interholco)

12:30 - African Trade Panel Discusion


13:00 LUNCH


13:45 - Welcome back

13:55 - Indonesia (Klaus Goecke, Holz.Bau.Beratung)

14:15 - Brazil (Robbie Weich, Tradelink International and Hank Marchal, Robinson Lumber)

14:35 - Guyana (Finn Knudsen, European Sales Manager, McVantage)

14:55 - Open Timber Portal (Marie Vallee, World Resource Institute)

15:15 - Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition Survey (Mark van Benthem, Stichting Probos)

15:25 - FLEGT Perceptions (Lucy Kamall, Timber Trade Federation)

15:40 - FLEGT Activities (David Hopkins, Timber Trade Federation)

15:55 - Role of FLEGT and Certification Panel Discussion

16:25 - Closing remarks (Dave Hopkins, Timber Trade Federation)



Timber Trade Federation

We are the voice of the UK timber industry, supporting and promoting our members’ interests. Our members constitute of timber importers, merchants, agents and manufacturers. We have been supporting timber traders for over 125 years and have seen climate change become a defining feature for the government, regulators and customers. As well as supporting our members’ interest, we work to maintain and enhance timber’s sustainable reputation at a national, European and international level. All members must operate under our strict Code of Conduct. We empower our members to lead the standard of #trustedtimber by completing our Responsible Purchasing Process (RPP) due diligence system. Buying from a TTF member means buying #TimberYouCanTrust

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