TTF Tropical Timber Market Webinar 2020

The Tropical Timber Market Webinar will provide the audience with an understanding of what is happening across the tropical timber sector, the impact of the pandemic and what the future of trade looks like going forward in 2021.

We will also be discussing the actions we should be taking as an industry within COP26 to combat climate change.

By joining this online webinar, you will connect with leading experts across the tropical timber sector.

Attendees to the event will learn:

  • The state of the tropical timber market.
  • Updates from Ghana, Indonesia and Cameroon.
  • The impact of Covid-19 on the tropical timber market.
  • The outlooks for 2021 in the tropical hardwood sector, following on from the pandemic.
  • What the future looks like for the tropical timber market.
  • If and when supply will recover to pre-pandemic levels.
  • The role of the timber industry in combating climate change.

 

To stay up to date with the latest news and to join the conversation use the #TTFTTMW across social media and follow @TimberTradeFed on Twitter and @TimberTradeFederation on LinkedIn.

With tickets limited and the event in hot demand, make sure you register today!

14:00-14:10

Welcome & Introductions with update on hardwood
imports to UK and the EU


David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation

14:10-14:50

Tropical Timber market update:

– Tropical timber trade with the UK & EU
– Is trade going up and down?
– Who is buying tropical timber?
– Impact on business today
– Role of china
– Global trade flows

Rupert Oliver, IMM Trade

14:50-15:20

On the ground market update on what is happening in their country

i. Cameroon

– The impact of COVID on supply/ demand and on business

– What species and what volumes (approximate) have been produced this year

– What are the main export markets – have these changed?

– What is the outlook for the future?

Blandine Ouoguia, GFBC

ii. Indonesia

– How much stock do you have available and of what species?

– Where is demand coming from? And where do you see future demand coming from?

– How has the impact of Covid-19 affected your business?

Budi Hermawan, PT Kayu Lapis Indonesia

iii. Ghana

– What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on supply/demand in Ghana.

– What are the key products coming out of the country – what are the key markets

– What is the trade outlook for the year ahead – positive or negative?

Eric Abberquaye, Timber Industry Development Division of the Ghana Forest Commission

15:20-15:55

Panel discussion on VPA, trade and 2021:

– Future of the tropical timber market
– VPA progress
– Outlook for 2021
– What would you like to see from the trade in 2021 or at COP26.

Mark Hogg, Mere Plantations, George White, Global Timber Forum & Michael Rawlinson QC, Mere Plantations

15:55-16:00

Closing words 

David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation

RUPERT OLIVER

Rupert Oliver, Trade Analyst for IMM Trade

Rupert Oliver has over 25 years experience working in the international timber trade and industry. He is regularly consulted by international and national agencies on timber market developments. He has written extensively on hardwood markets and forest management issues for a wide range of European trade and industry journals.

He is the European correspondent for the ITTO’s Market Information Service and Trade Analyst to the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor, a major EU-funded project hosted by ITTO ongoing since 2014 to assess the market impact of the EU FLEGT VPA process.

george white, GTF

George White, Global Timber Forum Director of Programmes & Oversight

George leads on the GTF programmes: Association Surveys for Knowledge (ASK) and Sustainable Timber Information Exchange (STIX).  He is responsible for the Oversight Committee which reviews and monitors GTF’s performance.

George has previously undertaken research for GTF into how SMEs are undertaking due diligence order to comply with EUTR . In 2019 and 2020 he led GTF’s work with Probos to research and write the IDH report – Unlocking sustainable tropical timber market growth through data. He has expertise across a range of subjects from project management and proposal writing through to responsible sourcing and production of forest products.

Prior to joining the GTF, George spent a decade working for the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network programme (GFTN), latterly as Head of the Programme. He was responsible for the direction of one of WWF’s longest running and most impactful programmes responsible for over 50 staff spread across 30 countries. The programme worked with hundreds of forest managers and buyers to improve social, environmental and economic benefits from responsible forest management and trade.

Before joining WWF George was a consultant on responsible purchasing and related supply chain issues advising major retailers and NGOs. He has worked with and for several major retailers in Europe and North America. He started his career working in a family owned timber merchant in the Midlands.

mark hogg, mere plantations

Mark Hogg, Chief Executive of Mere Plantations

Mark Hogg is founding Chief Executive of Mere Plantations. Mark began the process of sourcing and acquiring land working with Ghana Forestry Commission in 2004/5. He was the first largescale foreign investor to sign a land lease and benefit sharing agreement for the reforestation of degraded forest land. Mere’s lands are located within the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Plantation operations within Mere’s site are overseen by the Ghana Forestry Commission District Office in Offinso. Mere are a very proud partner of Ghana Forestry Commission. There is a close and open working relationship both ways, that has culminated in the establishment of millions of commercially viable teak trees over thousands of hectares. As we now move into the early stages of thinning and commerciality, we continue to value our relationship with Ghana and in particular the Ghana Forestry Commission team.

Proven beyond doubt, since the commencement of planting in 2010/11 Afram Headwaters, and indeed Ghana, have proved to be world-beating locations for the growing of high-quality plantation teak. Ghana provides high-quality, hard-working, forest workers at all levels of training and experience. Most, if not all, of our several hundred work force have come to us through the Ghana Forestry Commission training programmes.

Through our growth volumes per annum (MIA), the plantations place within the forest supply chain is cemented. We are able to reduce the volume of timber needed to be extracted from natural forests, allowing the protection and longevity of these critically important, ecologically diverse carbon sinks.

mike Rowlinwon

Michael Rawlinson QC, Independent Non-Executive Director of Mere Plantations

Michael Rawlinson QC is a barrister who was called to the Bar in 1991 and took silk in 2009. He is based in chambers in London (12 King’s Bench Walk) and Manchester (King’s Chambers). His background in aviation collision litigation and the long term effects of inhaling contaminated air (whether from asbestos fibres arising from historic industrial processes; from part-pyrolised bleed air in the air conditioning systems of modern civilian aircraft or from diesel contaminants in urban inhaled air) has led over the years to a growing interest in air quality and general human health.

From 2012 he has become increasingly involved in the activities of Mere Plantations Ltd and, through them, the regulatory aspects of tropical timber growth and lawful harvesting together with the associated carbon offsetting. This year he has set up a corporate vehicle for the provision of advice in this area, Climate Law Ltd, in addition to his ongoing practice in chambers

Tropical Timber Market Update

Rupert Oliver, IMM Trade

GHANA’S MARKET UPDATE

Eric Abberquaye, Timber Industry Development Division of the Ghana Forest Commission

CAMEROON’S MARKET UPDATE

Blandine Ouoguia, GFBC

INDONESIA’S MARKET UPDATE

Budi Hermawan, PT Kayu Lapis Indonesia

PANEL DISCUSSION

Mark Hogg from Mere Plantations,
George White from Global Timber Forum
Michael Rawlinson QC from Mere Plantations

Programme

14:00-14:10

Welcome & Introductions with update on hardwood
imports to UK and the EU


David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation

14:10-14:50

Tropical Timber market update:

– Tropical timber trade with the UK & EU
– Is trade going up and down?
– Who is buying tropical timber?
– Impact on business today
– Role of china
– Global trade flows

Rupert Oliver, IMM Trade

14:50-15:20

On the ground market update on what is happening in their country

i. Cameroon

– The impact of COVID on supply/ demand and on business

– What species and what volumes (approximate) have been produced this year

– What are the main export markets – have these changed?

– What is the outlook for the future?

Blandine Ouoguia, GFBC

ii. Indonesia

– How much stock do you have available and of what species?

– Where is demand coming from? And where do you see future demand coming from?

– How has the impact of Covid-19 affected your business?

Budi Hermawan, PT Kayu Lapis Indonesia

iii. Ghana

– What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on supply/demand in Ghana.

– What are the key products coming out of the country – what are the key markets

– What is the trade outlook for the year ahead – positive or negative?

Eric Abberquaye, Timber Industry Development Division of the Ghana Forest Commission

15:20-15:55

Panel discussion on VPA, trade and 2021:

– Future of the tropical timber market
– VPA progress
– Outlook for 2021
– What would you like to see from the trade in 2021 or at COP26.

Mark Hogg, Mere Plantations, George White, Global Timber Forum & Michael Rawlinson QC, Mere Plantations

15:55-16:00

Closing words 

David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation

Speakers
RUPERT OLIVER

Rupert Oliver, Trade Analyst for IMM Trade

Rupert Oliver has over 25 years experience working in the international timber trade and industry. He is regularly consulted by international and national agencies on timber market developments. He has written extensively on hardwood markets and forest management issues for a wide range of European trade and industry journals.

He is the European correspondent for the ITTO’s Market Information Service and Trade Analyst to the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor, a major EU-funded project hosted by ITTO ongoing since 2014 to assess the market impact of the EU FLEGT VPA process.

george white, GTF

George White, Global Timber Forum Director of Programmes & Oversight

George leads on the GTF programmes: Association Surveys for Knowledge (ASK) and Sustainable Timber Information Exchange (STIX).  He is responsible for the Oversight Committee which reviews and monitors GTF’s performance.

George has previously undertaken research for GTF into how SMEs are undertaking due diligence order to comply with EUTR . In 2019 and 2020 he led GTF’s work with Probos to research and write the IDH report – Unlocking sustainable tropical timber market growth through data. He has expertise across a range of subjects from project management and proposal writing through to responsible sourcing and production of forest products.

Prior to joining the GTF, George spent a decade working for the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network programme (GFTN), latterly as Head of the Programme. He was responsible for the direction of one of WWF’s longest running and most impactful programmes responsible for over 50 staff spread across 30 countries. The programme worked with hundreds of forest managers and buyers to improve social, environmental and economic benefits from responsible forest management and trade.

Before joining WWF George was a consultant on responsible purchasing and related supply chain issues advising major retailers and NGOs. He has worked with and for several major retailers in Europe and North America. He started his career working in a family owned timber merchant in the Midlands.

mark hogg, mere plantations

Mark Hogg, Chief Executive of Mere Plantations

Mark Hogg is founding Chief Executive of Mere Plantations. Mark began the process of sourcing and acquiring land working with Ghana Forestry Commission in 2004/5. He was the first largescale foreign investor to sign a land lease and benefit sharing agreement for the reforestation of degraded forest land. Mere’s lands are located within the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Plantation operations within Mere’s site are overseen by the Ghana Forestry Commission District Office in Offinso. Mere are a very proud partner of Ghana Forestry Commission. There is a close and open working relationship both ways, that has culminated in the establishment of millions of commercially viable teak trees over thousands of hectares. As we now move into the early stages of thinning and commerciality, we continue to value our relationship with Ghana and in particular the Ghana Forestry Commission team.

Proven beyond doubt, since the commencement of planting in 2010/11 Afram Headwaters, and indeed Ghana, have proved to be world-beating locations for the growing of high-quality plantation teak. Ghana provides high-quality, hard-working, forest workers at all levels of training and experience. Most, if not all, of our several hundred work force have come to us through the Ghana Forestry Commission training programmes.

Through our growth volumes per annum (MIA), the plantations place within the forest supply chain is cemented. We are able to reduce the volume of timber needed to be extracted from natural forests, allowing the protection and longevity of these critically important, ecologically diverse carbon sinks.

mike Rowlinwon

Michael Rawlinson QC, Independent Non-Executive Director of Mere Plantations

Michael Rawlinson QC is a barrister who was called to the Bar in 1991 and took silk in 2009. He is based in chambers in London (12 King’s Bench Walk) and Manchester (King’s Chambers). His background in aviation collision litigation and the long term effects of inhaling contaminated air (whether from asbestos fibres arising from historic industrial processes; from part-pyrolised bleed air in the air conditioning systems of modern civilian aircraft or from diesel contaminants in urban inhaled air) has led over the years to a growing interest in air quality and general human health.

From 2012 he has become increasingly involved in the activities of Mere Plantations Ltd and, through them, the regulatory aspects of tropical timber growth and lawful harvesting together with the associated carbon offsetting. This year he has set up a corporate vehicle for the provision of advice in this area, Climate Law Ltd, in addition to his ongoing practice in chambers

Presentations

Tropical Timber Market Update

Rupert Oliver, IMM Trade

GHANA’S MARKET UPDATE

Eric Abberquaye, Timber Industry Development Division of the Ghana Forest Commission

CAMEROON’S MARKET UPDATE

Blandine Ouoguia, GFBC

INDONESIA’S MARKET UPDATE

Budi Hermawan, PT Kayu Lapis Indonesia

PANEL DISCUSSION

Mark Hogg from Mere Plantations,
George White from Global Timber Forum
Michael Rawlinson QC from Mere Plantations