Conversations about Climate Change Continues

Conversations about Climate Change Continues

Article · BY Lucy Bedry FLEGT Communications Executive · 13 January 2022 

– Originally posted on TRADA –


We are delighted to work with TRADA’s University Engagement Programme to bring students and lecturers from UK universities and colleges the opportunity to continue the Conversations about Climate Change.

Individuals or groups are invited to submit ideas and concepts to win items from the 2021 exhibition. The deadline for entry is 11 February 2022.

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Conversations about Climate Change was a specially commissioned competition, exhibition and event series providing a platform for urgent climate debates. The project stimulated important conversations about responsible sourcing, sustainable forest management, carbon storage, FLEGT, climate change mitigation and the timber industry for a low-carbon economy.

The conversation installations were: Carbon Prints, Extraction, Forest Dwellers, High Tide, Sapele Sound Pavilion and the Tree Whisperers.

The competition ran for 3 months, receiving more than 100 applications from around the world, calling on entrants to create an installation that would provide discussion about climate change while showcasing the environmental benefits of responsibly sourced tropical hardwoods.

Architects and designers were asked to respond to tropical timber, to think about the materials they usually work with and consider how the role of materials specified is vital for implementing change.

Selected by a panel of esteemed judges including Yinka Ilori, Julia Barfield, Adam Brinkworth and Andrew Waugh, the six winning “conversation pieces” were on display at the Building Centre in London from May until September 2021 and remain online via a virtual 360-degree tour.

All timber for the installations was sourced from countries that are currently working towards being licensed via the UK and EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative.

This sees countries commit to a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) and an action plan for overhauling their legal, social, business and environmental infrastructure to combat illegal logging and timber trade as well as deforestation.

“This landmark shift in governance and procurement means that FLEGT-licensed timber is safe, responsible and legal,” commented David Hopkins, CEO of Timber Development UK.


We would like entrants to consider how pieces from the Conversations about Climate Change project could be repurposed to continue important conversations.

Entries should consider the story they are trying to convey to a wider audience and explain how their idea would continue conversations relating to climate change, timber sourcing, carbon storage and other environmental issues, all while demonstrating the beauty of tropical timber.

For the project, you are able to use pieces from Carbon PrintsForest Dwellers and/or the Tree Whisperers. You can use one, two or all three of the installations.

Conversation pieces include timber species, dimensions and photographs of the items.



This challenge is open to students and lecturers at UK universities and colleges as individuals or groups.

To enter, send your design concept including an analogy of the conversation you would be creating with the pieces, and clearly outline which pieces you would be using and where the items would be displayed. Send this to Lucy Bedry, FLEGT Communications Executive, TTF, on by 11 February.


The winners will receive the pieces to keep, with a brief to upload images of their winning entry installations to social media, tagging us on Twitter at @TTF_FLEGT, Instagram @timbertradefed or LinkedIn @Timber Trade Federation.



Conversation pieces include timber species, dimensions and photographs of the items.