Tropical Timber Webinar – November 2020

Adapting to rapid change in the tropical timber market

The tropical timber market has been quickly evolving in a period of industry wide disruption from the pandemic. This webinar was an opportunity for the industry to come together and discuss and what the future of trade looks like going forward in 2021. View the speakers videos and presentations below to learn about the state of the tropical timber market, get updates from Ghana, Indonesia and Cameroon, and a discussion of if and when supply will recover to pre-pandemic levels.



In this presentation, Rupert discusses the tropical timber trade with the UK & EU, the direction of travel for trade, who is buying tropical timber,  the impact on business today, role of china, and global trade flows.

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Budi Hermawan, PT Kayu Lapis Indonesia

In this presentation, Budi Hermawan presents an on the ground market update on Indonesia. He discusses the impact of the pandemic on supply and where demand is coming from and where future demand will come from.


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

In this presentation, Eric Abberquaye presents an on the ground market update on Ghana. He discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the supply and demand in Ghana. The key products coming out of the country and what the trade outlook for the year ahead looks like.

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Blandine Ouoguia, GFBC

In this presentation, Blandine Ouoguia provides an on the ground market update on Cameroon. She discusses the impact the pandemic has had on supply and demand, what species and volumes have been produced this year, the main export markets and whether this has changed, and the outlook for 2021.


Panel Discussion

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

In this discussion, the panel talks about the future of the tropical timber market, VPA progress, COP26, and the outlook for 2021.