Tropical Trade Forum
17th September 2019

Tropical Trade Forum

Tropical timber is an important element of the global trade of hardwood, and when sustainably managed, it is a resource able to benefit everyone in the supply chain. However, integrating sustainable practices is not always a simple task.

This conference takes a special look at the challenges of establishing a supply of quality hardwoods, beginning with a special focus on Africa, particularly from West Africa and the Congo Basin, which have been sources for hundreds of years.

In the afternoon we expand our focus to countries such as Indonesia which have successfully implemented FLEGT, to Guyana which remain on the journey, and to Brazil which has been a focus of international news in recent months.

We will also take a wider look at the flow of timber into Europe from around the world, and ultimately discuss what can be done to reduce risk and improve the quality of supply.

This one-day is free to attend for TTF members and their guests, but registration is essential.



10:30 – Welcome & Introduction (David Hopkins, Timber Trade Federation)

10:40 – Market Overview of Tropical Trade Flows to Europe (Mike Jeffree, Independent Market Monitor) 

11:10 – African Trade Flows (Caroline Duhesme, Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux)

11:30 – Gabon (Dick Anning, Carl Ronnow)

11:50 – Republic of Congo (Tullia Baldassarri, Interholco)

12:10 – Ghana (Chris Beeko, Ghana Forestry Commission and Richard Carter, RJC Associates)

12:30 – African Trade Panel Discusion

13:00 LUNCH

13:55 – Indonesia (TBC)

14:15 – Brazil (Robbie Weich, Tradelink International and Hank Marchal, Robinson Lumber)

14:35 – Guayana (TBC)

14:55 – Open Timber Portal (Marie, Vallee, Forest Transparency Institute)

15:05 – FLEGT Perceptions Update (David Hopkins, Timber Trade Federation)

15:25 – FLEGT Activities Update (Lucy Karmall, Timber Trade Federation)

15:45 – Panel Discussion