Tropical Timber On The Agenda 

Tropical Timber On The Agenda 

BLOG · BY TTF FLEGT COMMUNICATIONS EXECUTIVE LUCY BEDRY · 11 January

Looking back on a year of the TTF’s FLEGT communications project and ahead throughout 2022, as tropical timber remains firmly on the agenda of workstreams.

Through a year of uncertainty with Covid-19, market fluctuations and Brexit, one thing that remained stronger is the Timber Trade Federation’s FLEGT communications project.

2021 saw global partnerships formed with associations from across the globe. These roamed from Indonesia to Guyana, from Gabon to Vietnam and from China to the Republic of Congo, to name a few.

One key message flowed through all workstreams: that governance underpins all climate objectives.

In February, the online exhibition of ‘Conversations about Climate Change‘ opened. This displayed six installations conveying important climate and environmental issues.

Designs were fabricated in tropical timber from VPA countries. This challenged designers to think about materials and their role as a specifier for implementation. In addition, it stimulated conversation about material provenance. Conversations included: rising temperatures, carbon storage, sustainable forest management and resource extraction. The exhibition opened in person from May until September 2021.

This project won the Environmental Achievement Award in September 2021. The award recognises and promotes the industry’s ever-improving environmental performance.

Topics of tropical timber and FLEGT within the designs opened discussions on the role of forests in averting the climate crisis.

The COP26 talks were an important opportunity to place timber firmly on the climate agenda.

Throughout the summer, the TTF facilitated a series of workshops with trade associations in VPA countries and China. These sessions lead to the development of a call to action for governments – “Global Forests need Global Governance.

This proposal seeks to tackle illegal deforestation and strengthen legal governance frameworks in tropical forest producer countries and within international timber supply chains.

 This call to action was launched at four events at COP26 in the UK, Nature+Zone, Indonesian and COMIFAC Pavilion. Stakeholders included Minister Matondo, Minister White, Minister Ndongo, Ghislain Moussavou, Vel Gnandndran, and Sheam Satkuru.

“This is the first time that the global private sector has come together to speak with one united voice to advocate for greater global governance and enforceable legal frameworks. We need to act now – there is no time to lose.”

Through online events, the TTF presented on the subject of governance, FLEGT and the importance of global systems of legality. Events included:
A Dezeen Live

The World Resources Institute Forest Legality Week

Tropical Trade Trends and FLEGT profile, FLEGT IMM webinar

Forest Governance Forum, Centre for International Development and Training

Various learning and sharing events were carried out with the British Retail Consortium, Made.Com, ATIBT, the STTC and Dezeen to name a few.

A number of articles were published through various channels, ‘Not letting the FLEGT conversation flag‘.

Through Dezeen: Specifying tropical timber can “play a key role in the climate change battle” says Timber Trade Federationas well as Architecture Today, Furniture & Joinery Production, the FAO, Timber Media.

To bring the year to an end, we organised the World of Wood (WOW) Festival. This was a six-week celebration of global timber and global forests from the 25th of October until the 17th of December (extended date).

Events and exhibitions showed how global forests and the wood cycle is helping to avert climate change and decarbonising construction. Whilst supporting social, environmental and economic growth through governance in developing countries. Within these connected themes, one key message prevails and remains more crucial than ever: that wood equals hope.

 More than twenty organisations came together to share their knowledge on a range of related themes. These included: timber construction, our low carbon future, governance and forest supply chains.

2022 holds plans for new E-Learning modules, business development training and Factory Audit Checklists, to name a few.

The FLEGT project spans across the tropical belt including Indonesia, Ghana, Vietnam, Gabon and ChinaWe will continue to engage with associations across the tropical belt through the Tropical Timber Accord. All projects provide education on FLEGT and governance, changing the profile of tropical hardwood.

Keep up to date by following us on social media.

@TTF_FLEGT for twitter, @timbertradefed for Instagram or the Timber Trade Federation on LinkedIn.