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66th International Softwood Conference to take place in Riga in October 2018

The 66th International Softwood Conference will be held on 10-12 October 2018 in the largest city in the Baltics – Riga, Latvia.

The event is hosted by the Latvian Timber Traders & Producers Association, the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS).

This year, the ISC will offer two-day pre-tour at 9th and 10th of October as a choice of option with the great opportunity to visit sawmills with local capital and Group sawmill enterprises with international approach, and we would like to stress out forest resource topic by opportunity to visit corporate and governmental Nurseries.

As per tradition, the conference will be anticipated by a cocktail reception in the early evening on the 10th October at The Riga Latvian Society house, then conference will officially start at 9 o’clock the following morning at headquarters hotel – Radisson Blu Latvija. And after a full day of work we will be able to enjoy marvellous Gala Dinner together with our partners and colleagues at Blackheads House.

The conference will provide market analysis from the perspective of top-class international speakers. The presentations will be focused on facts and figures showing softwood production as well as consumption in the most relevant timber markets such as USA, UK, Canada, North Africa and Egypt, Russia, France, Japan and China.

The event will include an insight view of Confederation of European forest owners on resources with participation of PEFC and FSC certification system representatives, what will be one of the most interesting points of panel discussion of this year’s ISC.

Further information on the ISC participation and booking will be available from 25th of April at http://www.ettf.info/ISC2018

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/66th-international-softwood-conference-take-place-riga-october-2018]

Montréal Wood Convention 2018: record of participation shattered

The 2018 Montreal Wood Convention brought together nearly 1,000 participants from 20 to 22 March. In addition to Canadians from 7 provinces and Americans from 26 states, this year's Congress welcomed visitors from Mexico, France, China, Japan, Senegal, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong and Jordan.

The challenges of transport logistics and labor as well as the opportunities offered by the growing Chinese economy were widely discussed during the event by the twenty or so speakers present. 

"The wood products industry needs to work on succession planning, job creation, regional work promotion, and continuing education," said Sven Gustavsson, manager, softwoods, at the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) co-organizer of the event with the Québec Forest Industry Council, the Maritime Lumber Bureau and the Ontario Forest Industries Association. As for the exhibitors' fair, it had a record attendance for the 110 exhibitors present.

The 2019 edition will take place March 19-22 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal.

Speakers' presentations from the 2018 edition are now freely available (and downloadable) here.

 


[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/montr%C3%A9al-wood-convention-2018-record-participation-shattered]

BVRio launches strategic partnership to promote responsible Timber Exchange in Indonesia

BVRio, Landscape Indonesia and the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute (LEI) have established a partnership based on the mutual intention of pursuing sustainable forest management in Indonesia.

The three parties will work together to promote the use of the Responsible Timber Exchange (RTX) in Indonesia, by including Indonesian responsible timber sellers and buyers in the platform and promoting their products in the international market.

In November 2016, Indonesia became the first country to fully achieve its VPA objectives and be authorized to issue FLEGT licenses. The aim of the initiative is to support the Indonesian timber industry to maintain their engagement with the FLEGT Action Plan and attract more companies to it.

"An essential part of this process is to assist companies in promoting their timber products in international markets, ensuring that the sector is rewarded for their efforts in adopting legality and sustainability standards," explains a note from BVRio.
 
"BVRio Responsible Timber Exchange utilizes a wide range of e-commerce and digital marketing tools combined with direct engagement with timber traders in the EU, US and China. The RTX platform is already fully accessible in Bahasa Indonesia and provides a registration tutorial for Indonesian users, making it perfectly placed to promote Indonesian responsible timber products in international markets."

LEI will bring a wealth of experience to the partnership, having been very active in promoting sustainability of forest enterprises and community forestry projects in Indonesia for a long time.

Finally, Landscape Indonesia will in charge for providing advisory services on sustainable landscape management financing and development facilities.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bvrio-launches-strategic-partnership-promote-responsible-timber-exchange-indonesia]

Responsible wood sourcing matters for UK citizens, FSC underlines

Ahead of the International Day of Forests tomorrow, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has remarked the role of certified timber for the future of forests worldwide.

Rosie Teasdale, Executive Director at FSC UK said: “If we want forests to be here for future generations, it is vital that we source our wood and paper products responsibly.”

“It is really encouraging to see just how many people in the UK care about where the products they buy are coming from. Choosing and promoting FSC-certified products and materials is one way to help ensure forests for all forever, allowing us to enjoy all the benefits that forests give us, now and in the future.”

According to a recent consumer survey conducted by Global Market Research TNS, three quarters of UK citizens believe it is important for the products they purchase to have been responsibly sourced.

And as public awareness around the environmental impact of plastics reaches new heights; businesses, organisations and the government itself have announced ways in which they will change and innovate to counter the tidal wave of waste.

As this renaissance takes hold, it is important that organisations making the transition do so in a responsible manner. Switching from oil-derived plastics to forest-based materials can be a positive move, but if not implemented correctly it can have a major impact on the environment.

Without credible, independent certification, it can be difficult to be sure that a forest product has been sourced responsibly and is not contributing to global deforestation.

"55% of people in the UK recognise the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) logo, the mark of responsible forestry (TNS 2018)," the FSC underlines.

"The FSC logo helps brands align with public expectations and demonstrate their responsible sourcing."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/responsible-wood-sourcing-matters-uk-citizens-fsc-underlines]

World Architecture Festival to introduce new prize for Best Use of Certified Timber

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) - to take place in Amsterdam from 28 to 30 November 2018 - has introduced a brand new category to celebrate the use of certified timber in architecture.

The 'Best Use of Certified Timber Prize' is supported by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and aims to "reward project teams and architects that have used certified timber in a creative, innovative and inspirational way". 

A special jury – including a PEFC representative – will identify entries that "have used certified timber in an exceptional way" and shortlisted entries will be contacted to confirm that the timber specified and used in the project originates from certified sources – such as PEFC-certified forests – thereby demonstrating clear leadership in sustainable design and responsible purchasing.

The jury will finally judge face-to-face presentations of the 10 best entries on the morning of Friday 30 November 2018, at WAF in Amsterdam. The winner will be presented with their special prize at a Gala Dinner on the same evening.

More than 500 architectural practices are expected to join the 11th World Architecture Festival's competition. Past winners feature some the world’s most iconic and best-known architectural practices including: Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Snohetta, BIG, Isay Weinfeld, Perkins & Will, Rogers Stirk Harbour, FJMT and Sou Fujimoto.

Interested parties can enter projects via the WAF website - www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/ENTER - where there are 16 completed buildings award categories that are all eligible for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize. The deadline for entry is 11 May 2018.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/world-architecture-festival-introduce-new-prize-best-use-certified-timber]

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