August 2018 Message from Lead Consultant
Register now for next IMM Trade Consultation
The third IMM Trade Consultation will take place on 16 November 2018, from 10 am to 2:30 pm, at Verbändehaus in Berlin. The event is organised with the support of the German timber trade federation GD Holz.
In response to trade feedback from the first two events in London and Nantes, the Berlin Consultation will place an even stronger focus on workshops, allowing participants to attend all three sessions.
The workshops in Berlin will deal with:
- Trends in the European tropical timber sector – background, reasons and solutions
- Recognising priorities and purchase dynamics for tropical wood products. Assessing how supply chain relationships develop and the relevance or impact of FLEGT licences.
- FLEGT & “sustainability” – European timber procurement policies/sustainable timber definitions and their recognition of FLEGT.
As a part of the first workshop, IMM will present and put up for discussion a statistical analysis of recent trends in European and global tropical timber trade. The second workshop will feature a short presentation of an IMM study of EU wood promotion programmes and NGO lobbying materials and their respective recognition of FLEGT. The third workshop will kick off with a short presentation of results of an IMM study of European private sector procurement policies and sustainable timber definitions. It will also feature a short presentation of the Indonesian sustainable forest management standard PHPL and its role in the Indonesian VPA.
The final programme, including information on speakers and experts running the workshops, will soon be published on the IMM website.
To register for the IMM Berlin Trade Consultation click here.
IMM Summer Newsletter
The IMM Summer 2018 Newsletter is now available for download here. The current edition includes a summary report on the IMM Trade Consultation in Nantes as well a reports on the three Nantes workshop sessions on “Impacts of FLEGT VPAs on trading with Central African countries”,“Purchase dynamics for companies sourcing from Indonesia” and “Market trends for tropical timber in Europe”.
Moreover, the summer newsletter features a summary of findings of the IMM 2018 EU Furniture Sector Scoping Study, an EFI report on Ghana’s Timber Transparency Portal, and an update on Indonesia and the EU’s approach for dealing with FLEGT-licensing teething issues. The full report of the Furniture Sector Scoping Study is available for download here.
The Market News section contains an updated analysis of EU/VPA partner country trade, while the Country Focus section updates on preparation of VPA implementation in Vietnam, including an analysis of EU-Vietnam timber and timber products trade.