Industry Events

National Tree Officers Conference | 8 November 2017 | Telford

The National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 8 November 2017.

The conference - organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) - represents a unique gathering for professionals interested in all areas of local authority arboricultural work.

The event is crucial to tree, woodland and planning officers; provides a significant platform for future collaborations and partnerships; and offers latest research. It will demonstrate the best practice and innovation from arboricultural and urban forestry experts.

This year’s conference will focus on a range of influential topics from leading arboricultural and urban forestry professionals:

  • Planning Best Practice & Innovation
  • In-House or Out-Sourced
  • Innovation and Research
  • i-Tree Projects

The event agenda is available here.

For further info and reservation, visit www.charteredforesters.org/tree-officers-conference.

 

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Vision 2017 opens in two weeks’ time, 6-7 June, Olympia London

Vision 2017 - one of the premier built environment events aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients - is fast approaching.

The event - to take place in Olympia, London, on 6-7 June 2017 - provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together thousands of industry professionals for two days of learning and business.

The programme and exhibition is CPD certified and centred around Materials Innovations, Technological Insight, Offsite & Modular Construction and Architectural & Design Evolution. In addition to exhibition, Vision 2017 will present a series of talks and events in collaboration with the RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture and New London Architecture. Major architectural practices from the UK and abroad will take part in the talks programme with many timber related talks.

Arup will discuss the engineering challenges behind “The Smile” - the most ambitious structure ever built in cross laminated timbers (CLT), while Korlam will present the technical and commercial benefits or Kielsteg, one of the most innovative new technologies in the timber construction industry. Other topics will cover innovations in engineered timber and CLT roles in modular and volumetric construction.

Register now for you free ticket to Vision 2017 at www.visionlondon.com/register

Visit Vision website for more information www.visionlondon.com

 

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14th Wood-Technology Conference set in Opatija (Croatia) for June 5 and 6

Wood-Technology Conference is the central annual gathering of forest-based industries in Croatia and South-East European region. The Conference will take place on the 5th and 6th of June and, for over 14 years, it has been held in the Kvarner resort City of Opatija (Croatia) in Grand Hotel 4 opatijska cvijeta.

Traditionally, more than 250 representatives of the forestry, wood-processing industry, energy sector, NGOs, government authorities, scientific-research community, investors, designers, technology suppliers etc. will be present in Opatija during this two-day event to discuss sectoral policies and trends on the Croatian, South-East European and EU level.

Many companies, institutions and associations from the forest-based industries already confirmed their participation, and support from the important EU policy makers and associations is also expected.

On the margins of the Conference pre- and post-conference activities will be organized, such as round tables and study visits to nearby wood-processing companies. On the 6th and 7th of June the Project Meeting of FORESDA (Interreg Danube) consortium will be held. It is the second face to face meeting of the project consortium after the successful kick off meeting in Ljubljana. Previous tasks of the project and further steps will be analyzed and discussed.

More details at: www.drvna-konferencija.hr/en/ or e-mail: marketing@drvo-namjestaj.hr

 

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Russian timber market: potentialities and opportunities unveiled at International Conference in Moscow

On 21 April 2017, the 2nd International Conference "Russia’s market of timber and sawn wood" took place in Moscow.

The event was supported by the department of industry of the KhMAD-Yugra and partnered by BOHNENKAMP AG, StenaLine, Indufor, Heliports of Russia. 

The participants included regulatory authorities, Russian and foreign businesses, timber exchanges, transport operators, sawn wood vendors and exporters.

Ivan Sovetnikov, chairman of the Moscow region forest management committee highlighted the key topics for the forest industry in his opening address. "Being rather controversial, the Forestry code undergoes a lot of changes annually. Today we will examine what has been done right and what kind of fine-tuning the Code is going to need," he said.

This agenda was taken further by Pavel Pavlov, chief adviser of the Presidential State-Legal directorate. He pointed out to the complexity of the forestry Code legal dimension and said that 2017 will see a major overhaul of the Code and related instruments. According to Pavlov, the State Duma is currently considering four bills foresee changes in trading and address the matters of conservation and protection of forest regeneration as well as the ‘forest amnesty’.

Dmitriy Makhonin, vice chairman of the exchange committee of the Federal antimonopoly service of Russia (FAS), spoke about the importance of developing transparent pricing and creating civilized relations among market players as FAS’ the main task. Makhonin said that the government places great emphasis on exchange trading under agreements with regional authorities.

The conference was also attended by international companies and associations that have a strong interest in Russian timber trading and the development of the Russian forest sector.

One of them, Evgeniy Lopatin, senior scientist at the Finnish Natural Research Institute, said that Russia has enormous timber potential but it structurally varies from one region to another. He believes there has been an imbalance between wood processing and timber hubs, further exacerbated by the shortage of railcars. "In other words, balance between economic efficiency and regional technical capacities must be found," he said.

China being a most important buyer of the Russian timber, the presentation by the China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA) generated a lot of interest among the audience. Its vice President Li Jgiafen spoke about the development of Sino-Russian timber trade market. "The developed logistics allows the Russian timber to be supplied to Tibet, Xinjiang in the west, Guangdong and Yunnan in the south," said Li Jiafeng. The speaker added that Russia and China jointly participate in such international projects as ‘One Belt and One Road Initiative’, ‘China, Mongolia and Russia Economic Zone’.

China's imports of Russian timber and sawn wood were at the heart of the debate. After the CTWPDA presentation, the conference participants concluded that earlier Russian statistics is well below the figures provided by the Chinese speaker.

While evaluating wood processing prospects, most speakers considered them as start-up projects and laboratory studies.

Conference participants were unanimous in supporting the relevance of the Conference theme and offered a broad-based momentum to resume the discussions next year.

[Photo courtesy of Max Conference]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/russian-timber-market-potentialities-and-opportunities-unveiled-moscow-international]

PEFC UK to hold its Annual Stakeholder Day on 4th July 2017

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has announced its regular Annual Stakeholder Day will take place at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO), London, Tuesday 4 July.

This year’s theme will be Delivering Impacts in the Forest with speakers from the UK and overseas providing a snapshot of the importance of forest certification and how it is affecting forests in North America, Asia and Europe.

Although the UK has one of the lowest forest cover areas in Europe – just 13%, compared to 75% in Finland, 32% in Germany and 29% in France – it is the sixth largest consumer market in the world and the fifth largest timber importer. The presentations will enable those who are trading in certified forest products to learn more about what lies behind the PEFC label and the difference forest certification is making on the ground. Speakers from around the world will illustrate the vital importance of forests to biodiversity, rural development and carbon sequestration.

Subjects will include the key role that forests play in capturing carbon across North American woodlands from Dr Mark Johnston, of the Saskatchewan Research Council, Ana Rengifo Abbad will showcase Iberia’s cork oak forests and their role in rural development. Dr Melvin Gumal from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Malaysia, will illustrate the vital importance of keeping tropical forests healthy to ensure that future habitats for endangered species are protected, with Confor’s Andrew Heald explaining how biodiversity works from a UK forestry perspective.

The afternoon will conclude with a Q&A discussion session chaired by PEFC International’s Peter Latham followed by a networking drinks reception. PEFC UK Chairman, Ross Bradshaw said: “The UK is such a huge marketplace for forest products, encompassing everything from paper cups and packaging materials to joinery products and structural timber that people forget the fundamental role PEFC plays in the forest. We hope that all those joining us for this year’s stakeholder event will be able to gain a better understanding of the impact PEFC certification has on local communities and forest owners and how that translates into the certified material we know so well.”   

The event will be sponsored by James Latham, Soil Association and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

For more information and registration, click here or contact Hilary Khawam at hilary.khawam@pefc.co.uk.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-hold-its-annual-stakeholder-day-4th-july-2017]

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