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.
IMM Autumn 2017 Newsletter
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.
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.
L'édition d'été de la newsletter IMM est maintenant disponible en français.