Industry Events

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 lead@flegtimm.eu

 

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

ICF 'Innovation for Change' conference | 2-3 May 2018 | Edinburgh

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) will be holding its 'Innovation for Change – New drivers for tomorrow’s forestry' conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2-3 May 2018.

The event is set to focus on the impact of a fourth industrial revolution, one fusing science and technology so fast that it’s now hard to keep pace. The programme will explore not just how it affects the way we operate and the changes that will bring to the forestry and arboricultural sector, but also the human shifts of mind set and ethics quite unlike anything we’ve experienced before.

'Innovation for Change' will be opened by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP.  Other speakers include: Fiona Lickorish, Cranfield University (strategic foresight to manage change); Prof Tariq Butt, Swansea University (biopesticide-based tree pest controls); Prof John Mackay, University of Oxford (biotechnology and tree breeding); Jeremie Leonard, BioCarbon Engineering (unmanned aerial vehicles); Prof Iain H Woodhouse, University of Edinburgh and Carbomap (remote sensing innovations); Juan Suárez-Minguez, Forest Research (detection of tree stress by thermal imagery); Sharon Hosegood FICFor, Sharon Hosegood Associates Ltd (radar surveys of urban tree roots); and Prof Stefano Pascucci, University of Exeter Business School (Circular Economy).

FPInnovations, where Francis Charette is Associate Research Leader, are specialists in creating innovative scientific solutions for forestry. During his presentation on the opening day of the conference, Francis will talk about the benefits and challenges of automation in forestry; one of the many areas where we will also have to consider ethics when we look at our future workforce.

Commenting on the significance of the Institute’s 2018 National Conference, Chair and ICF Associate member Chris Hamill said: “Our working environment is becoming increasingly competitive, meaning identification of emerging innovation is fundamental to staying ahead of the game. It’s an all-round foundation that we’re laying – not just in technology and science, but also in how we sensitively approach challenges, such as the human impact of a changing sector."

“The Institute’s calls for us to continually improve, and the National Conference offers just that - a proven platform for knowledge exchange that you can use. All part of maintaining excellence in our industry.”

For more info and registration, click here.

View this event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/icf-innovation-change-conference-2-3-may-2018-edinburgh]

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]

PEFC UK to hold two free workshops on sustainable forest management and Chain of Custody

PEFC UK will be holding two different seminars in February designed to provide a clear understanding of what lies behind the PEFC label and why certification and Chain of Custody is so important.

These free workshops will explain the certification procedures behind PEFC certification. Delegates are also invited to participate in discussing the challenges, benefits and business opportunities that PEFC Chain of Custody certification presents.

Attendees will have a choice of two city centre venues: 

  • London: Tuesday 6th February 2018
    CVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL
  • Newcastle: Tuesday 13th February 2018
    Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 5DH

For more info and to book your place, download the form here and send it to jcobham@pefc.co.uk

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-hold-two-free-workshops-sustainable-forest-management-and-chain-custody]

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 aw@nepcon.org 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]

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