Message from IMM Lead Consultant
The IMM programme will host a series of Trade Consultations on the EU FLEGT VPA initiative and FLEGT licensing this year. The first event takes place at the London Building Centre on March 8 and is organised in cooperation with the Global Timber Forum (GTF).
The Trade Consultations will be a chance for timber businesses, and other industry stakeholders, such as specifiers and retailers, to hear the latest findings of the IMM’s trade flow monitoring and survey work. They are also opportunities for delegates to discuss key issues and share their opinions with the Government of Indonesia and the European Commission.
Besides presentations and breakout discussion sessions, the UK event also includes a private tour of an exhibition at the Building Centre showcasing the products, stories and process involved in the EU FLEGT Action Plan in Indonesia. Organised by the TTF, with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, this show runs from February 5 to March 31.
For more information on the Trade Consultation programme and to register please click here.
During 2017, the IMM expanded its market research programme to cover seven key EU countries, which account for roughly 90% of EU tropical timber imports from EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) partner countries. Its market research has been based on online surveys and structured interviews with trade representatives, government agencies and NGOs. Besides key EU countries, it currently also covers the VPA partner countries Ghana and Indonesia. This market research programme runs alongside IMM’s analysis of trade flow statistics and other timber trade related data, most recently presented in the IMM report "FLEGT VPA Partners in EU Timber Trade 2014 to 2016".
The first edition of the IMM Newsletter includes insights from the IMM EU market scoping surveys as well as the Ghana and Indonesia surveys. It also covers an analysis of EU-Indonesia timber trade since the start of FLEGT licensing and background information on how the Indonesian system works, as well as analysis of FLEGT-licensing teething troubles and EU economic trends. Interviews with Mike Worrell of the UK Timber Trade Federation and Dr Rufi’ie of the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry provide further insights into Indonesian FLEGT licensing, while VPA Joint Implementation Coordinator Edwin Shanks explains next steps towards VPA implementation in Vietnam.
The IMM website will be developed further in 2018, providing constantly updated data on EU timber trade and market trends, as well as details of IMM research and activities. Please feel free to contact me for further information or to provide feedback.