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66th International Softwood Conference to take place in Riga in October 2018

The 66th International Softwood Conference will be held on 10-12 October 2018 in the largest city in the Baltics – Riga, Latvia.

The event is hosted by the Latvian Timber Traders & Producers Association, the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS).

This year, the ISC will offer two-day pre-tour at 9th and 10th of October as a choice of option with the great opportunity to visit sawmills with local capital and Group sawmill enterprises with international approach, and we would like to stress out forest resource topic by opportunity to visit corporate and governmental Nurseries.

As per tradition, the conference will be anticipated by a cocktail reception in the early evening on the 10th October at The Riga Latvian Society house, then conference will officially start at 9 o’clock the following morning at headquarters hotel – Radisson Blu Latvija. And after a full day of work we will be able to enjoy marvellous Gala Dinner together with our partners and colleagues at Blackheads House.

The conference will provide market analysis from the perspective of top-class international speakers. The presentations will be focused on facts and figures showing softwood production as well as consumption in the most relevant timber markets such as USA, UK, Canada, North Africa and Egypt, Russia, France, Japan and China.

The event will include an insight view of Confederation of European forest owners on resources with participation of PEFC and FSC certification system representatives, what will be one of the most interesting points of panel discussion of this year’s ISC.

Further information on the ISC participation and booking will be available from 25th of April at http://www.ettf.info/ISC2018

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/66th-international-softwood-conference-take-place-riga-october-2018]

IMM Trade Consultations - Industry input invited to shape FLEGT VPA process | 8 March 2018 | London

On 8 March, The Building Centre in London will be hosting the first in a series of Trade Consultations on the EU FLEGT VPA initiative and FLEGT licensing.

The event is being organised by the EU FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) project in cooperation with the Global Timber Forum (GTF).

The Trade Consultations will be a chance for timber businesses and other industry stakeholders, such as specifiers, manufacturers and retailers, to hear latest findings from the IMM’s market survey work and monitoring of EU trade flows from FLEGT VPA-engaged supplier countries.

They are also opportunities for delegates to discuss key issues and share their views on the FLEGT initiative with the European Commission and Government of Indonesia, the first country to start FLEGT licensing its timber exports to the EU, granting them exemption from the anti-illegality EU Timber Regulation.

The UK event starts with a tour of 'Timber Transformer', an exhibition at the Building Centre explaining the process behind the EU FLEGT Action Plan in Indonesia and showcasing its FLEGT-licensed products. Organised by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, this runs from 5 February to 31 March.

Following this will be presentations on Indonesia-EU trade since the start of FLEGT licensing, EU tropical timber market trends, and the results of the IMM’s 2017 EU trade surveys. Delegates will also hear preliminary findings from its EU furniture sector study, and a presentation on Indonesia’s PHPL sustainable forest management standard and its role in the country’s VPA.

Breakout discussion sessions after lunch will cover:

The factors behind trends in VPA country-EU trade statistics and IMM market perception survey results, and tackling market obstacles to tropical timber.

Sustainability credentials and marketing potential of FLEGT-licensed timber; examining acceptability of Indonesia’s PHPL standard under responsible sourcing policies, recommendations for future VPAs and FLEGT-licensing in timber promotion, including whether a FLEGT-licence logo makes sense.

FLEGT-licensed timber in public procurement. Here the focus will be on UK government acceptance of FLEGT licensed goods under its timber procurement policy and the market impacts and what prevents some other EU countries from recognising licensing under their TPPs.

IMM is an EU-funded programme implemented by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). Its role is to monitor trade flows from the 15 FLEGT VPA-engaged tropical supplier countries to the EU, including, of course, from Indonesia. It also studies trade impacts of FLEGT-licensed timber in the EU and gauges timber sector views and understanding of the FLEGT VPA initiative.

For more information and to register, click here.

You can also contact Sarah Storck at [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/imm-trade-consultations-industry-input-invited-shape-flegt-vpa-process-8-march-2018-london]

TTF to host FLEGT exhibition at the Building Centre from 5 February to 31 March 2018

From 5th February to 31st March 2018, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) - in conjunction with the Built Environment Trust - will be hosting an exhibition at the Building Centre in London to promote the achievement of FLEGT licensing in Indonesia.

The exhibition will showcase the products, the stories and the process involved in the EU FLEGT Action Plan in Indonesia, contributing to raise awareness of FLEGT to a broader audience, ranging from architects and designers, to students and politicians and the wider public.

The TTF will also host a private viewing evening, with Hilary Benn MP confirmed as a key speaker, on Tuesday 20th February. Details of the event will be shared in due course.

"Thanks to the launch of the FLEGT licensing in November 2016, Indonesia has now entered a new stage in its timber export process", explains TTF Head of Sustainability Mike Worrell. 

"We hope this exhibition - made possible by the collaboration between the TTF and Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry - will help both Timber Industry stakeholders and the wider public have a better understanding of how FLEGT and all it encompasses." 

Indonesia is one of the world's largest exporters of tropical timber and timber products, which are produced from logging activities in natural forests, industrial plantations and community-managed small-scale plantings. Indonesia became the first country to begin issuing FLEGT licences to verified legal timber and timber products exported to the EU, in November 2016.

In October 2017, in preparation for the 1-year anniversary of FLEGT licensing in Indonesia, TTF's Head of Policy and Sustainability Mike Worrell, visited the country as part of our DfID grant work to explore the processes behind licensing. You can see a Storify summarising the findings of this trip here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/ttf-host-flegt-exhibition-building-centre-5-february-31-march-2018]

NEPCon's Sourcing Legal Timber 2.0 Conference | 15 March 2018 | Woking

On Thursday 15th March, NEPCon will hold a conference entitled 'Sourcing Legal Timber 2.0' at the The Living Planet Centre, Woking, Surrey.

"It’s been almost five years since the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force and things are looking quite different to how they did then. Enforcement authorities are stepping up their game all over Europe, a lot of new information and tools are available from all kinds of sources and FLEGT licensed timber is now available on the market," explain the organisers.

"Nonetheless, living up to the EUTR requirements is still a challenge for companies across Europe. Therefore NEPCon would like to offer the industry, authorities as well as other stakeholders the opportunity to participate in a free international conference on 15th of March near London."

The event is designed to shed light on a wide set of key issues in the Timber Trade Industry such as:

  • avoid common due diligence pitfalls
  • gain access to insights on key risks and how to deal with them
  • understand how the enforcement authorities evaluate your performance
  • understand how conducting quality due diligence makes good business sense
  • communicate about FLEGT-licensed timber
  • promote companies' compliance
  • gain an overview of the vast jungle of free info and tools available and how to use them
  • plan for future sourcing
  • understand how technological advances in timber traceability and verification can help improve the efficiency and credibility of due diligence systems
  • connect and exchange experiences with timber-related companies, trade associations, technical experts and relevant organisations from across Europe

To register for the event, complete the online form here.

For any queries, you can contact Ann Weddle on [email protected] or +44 7491 812337.

View the event on CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/nepcons-sourcing-legal-timber-20-conference-15-march-2018-woking]

Russian timber market: potentialities and opportunities unveiled at International Conference in Moscow

On 21 April 2017, the 2nd International Conference "Russia’s market of timber and sawn wood" took place in Moscow.

The event was supported by the department of industry of the KhMAD-Yugra and partnered by BOHNENKAMP AG, StenaLine, Indufor, Heliports of Russia. 

The participants included regulatory authorities, Russian and foreign businesses, timber exchanges, transport operators, sawn wood vendors and exporters.

Ivan Sovetnikov, chairman of the Moscow region forest management committee highlighted the key topics for the forest industry in his opening address. "Being rather controversial, the Forestry code undergoes a lot of changes annually. Today we will examine what has been done right and what kind of fine-tuning the Code is going to need," he said.

This agenda was taken further by Pavel Pavlov, chief adviser of the Presidential State-Legal directorate. He pointed out to the complexity of the forestry Code legal dimension and said that 2017 will see a major overhaul of the Code and related instruments. According to Pavlov, the State Duma is currently considering four bills foresee changes in trading and address the matters of conservation and protection of forest regeneration as well as the ‘forest amnesty’.

Dmitriy Makhonin, vice chairman of the exchange committee of the Federal antimonopoly service of Russia (FAS), spoke about the importance of developing transparent pricing and creating civilized relations among market players as FAS’ the main task. Makhonin said that the government places great emphasis on exchange trading under agreements with regional authorities.

The conference was also attended by international companies and associations that have a strong interest in Russian timber trading and the development of the Russian forest sector.

One of them, Evgeniy Lopatin, senior scientist at the Finnish Natural Research Institute, said that Russia has enormous timber potential but it structurally varies from one region to another. He believes there has been an imbalance between wood processing and timber hubs, further exacerbated by the shortage of railcars. "In other words, balance between economic efficiency and regional technical capacities must be found," he said.

China being a most important buyer of the Russian timber, the presentation by the China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA) generated a lot of interest among the audience. Its vice President Li Jgiafen spoke about the development of Sino-Russian timber trade market. "The developed logistics allows the Russian timber to be supplied to Tibet, Xinjiang in the west, Guangdong and Yunnan in the south," said Li Jiafeng. The speaker added that Russia and China jointly participate in such international projects as ‘One Belt and One Road Initiative’, ‘China, Mongolia and Russia Economic Zone’.

China's imports of Russian timber and sawn wood were at the heart of the debate. After the CTWPDA presentation, the conference participants concluded that earlier Russian statistics is well below the figures provided by the Chinese speaker.

While evaluating wood processing prospects, most speakers considered them as start-up projects and laboratory studies.

Conference participants were unanimous in supporting the relevance of the Conference theme and offered a broad-based momentum to resume the discussions next year.

[Photo courtesy of Max Conference]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/russian-timber-market-potentialities-and-opportunities-unveiled-moscow-international]

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