IMM telah merilis laporan tentang “Mitra FLEGT VPA dalam Perdagangan Kayu Uni-Eropa (UE) 2017” yang menggunakan data terbaru untuk menilai perubahan posisi pasar negara-negara mitra VPA dalam perdagangan kayu internasional. Sejak Indonesia pertama kali menerbitkan lisensi pada November 2016, inilah laporan IMM perdana yang mencakup periode ketersediaan kayu berlisensi FLEGT di pasar UE. Ini juga merupakan Laporan Tahunan IMM pertama dimana IMM memiliki akses atasdata survei komprehensif dari seluruh koresponden di tujuh negara UE yang mencakup sebagian besar (lebih dari 90%) impor kayu tropis dan hasil hutan kayu oleh berbagai negara mitra VPA dari UE.
A new study of EU Member State public procurement policies and their recognition of FLEGT Licences found that twenty-two EU member states now possess some form of public procurement policy for products containing or made from wood. They vary significantly in terms of their definition of criteria, coverage of products, applicability to different levels of government and whether they are voluntary or mandatory. However, they all require, or at least encourage, government buyers to source legal and often sustainable, timber.
As a part of the IMM implementation process, ITTO is seeking IMM Correspondents in Vietnam and Congo Republic. The correspondents will be part of IMM's team of independent country correspondents currently active in Ghana, Indonesia as well as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.
The next IMM Trade Consultation takes place in Barcelona on October 7. It will give participants from Spain and across the EU the opportunity to hear and discuss the latest on the FLEGT VPA initiative and tropical timber trade flows, notably from VPA partner countries. Given the interest of the Spanish timber sector, there will be a particular focus on VPA developments in Africa. The event is supported by the Spanish Timber Trade Federation (AEIM) and the EFI FLEGT Facility and will be held at the latter’s headquarters on the historic Sant Pau Art Nouveau site.
The attitudes of architects and specifiers on FLEGT Licensing will be the focus of the next EU FLEGT IMM market study. The rationale is that architects are widely regarded as key gatekeepers to the construction sector. They directly specify materials for buildings and can strongly influence client choice and overall design trends. In particular, the profession, as clearly reflected in architectural media, has a strong buy-in on environmental issues and is leading and shaping trends in low-carbon, sustainable construction.
The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), the China Timber & Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA), together with the Centre for International Forest Products Trade, National Forestry and Grassland Administration (CINFT NFGA), and the International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT) will jointly organize a one-week international forum “Together towards Global Green Supply Chains - a Forest Products Industry Initiative”. The event takes place from 22-25 October in Shanghai and Huzhou and aims to promote the advancement of legal and sustainable supply chains and related benefits such as poverty alleviation, creation of employment, economic growth, income generation and contributions to climate change mitigation.