Exploring pathways to verified sustainable tropical timber

Exploring pathways to verified sustainable tropical timber

ARTICLE · By Timber Trade Federation · 9 Dec 2019

The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition, (STTC) hosted a conference in Berlin on the 20 November 2019.  The STTC are an alliance of industry, business, government and NGOs dedicated to increasing European demand for verified sustainable tropical timber. 

The event highlighted broad consensus on the need for the timber industry to collaborate on environmental issues. It also underlined some differences of opinion on the way forward, notably around the respective roles and value of FLEGT and VPA legality assurance programme and third-party certification.

Speakers addressed a range of subjects, including an update on the European market for verified sustainable tropical timber, tropical timber promotion and various legality and sustainability verification approaches and their potential coordination. These provided a stepping off point for debate and questions, energized by dynamic moderator Peter Woodward.

There was also a rolling programme of Conversation sessions. Experts in their field gave concise overviews of specific topics as an introduction to delegate discussion and exchange; from the impact of certification on landscapes in Indonesia and Peru, to timber tracking tools, FLEGT outcomes in producer countries and market trends from the perspective of a concession holder and trader.

David Hopkins, Chief Executive of the Timber Trade Federation, presentation highlighted how FLEGT/VPA brings multiple benefits to forest landscapes, raises standards at national scale and brings opportunity for Certification, shortening the gap between legal and sustainable.

To read the full report and agenda of the conference, click here

Download David Hopkins presentation, click here