IMM webinar – Tropical Trade Trends and FLEGT Profile

Webinar examines tropical timber trade and FLEGT through the pandemic

Tropical timber trade trends through the pandemic and the latest on FLEGT are topics of an Independent Market Monitor (IMM) webinar on June 24 at 9 am BST / 10 am CEST.

The IMM’s mandate is to monitor trade impacts and perceptions of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and market performance of FLEGT-licensed timber in the EU and UK.

The webinar will feature its analysis of the tropical trade over the last 12 months and the effect of the Covid-19 health crisis on supply and demand.

It will also include a summary of recommendations and conclusions around the FLEGT initiative from four years of IMM market surveys and trade consultations.

A key point voiced by the trade in IMM studies is the need to raise the market profile and awareness of FLEGT. The UK Timber Trade Federation has been among the most active players in the promotion of the initiative and will outline the initiatives and impacts of its FLEGT communications programme to date and plans for the future.

Speakers will be Steve Johnson of the ITTO, Rupert Oliver and Sarah Storck of IMM and UK TTF chief executive David Hopkins.