For too long the European tropical timber trade has been on the defensive. An automatic link has been forged in consumers’ and specifiers’ minds between tropical timber, illegal logging and deforestation in many countries. This has combined with lack of awareness of the availability of sustainably sourced timber from well-managed tropical forests and the overall result is that the reputation and market success of all tropical timber has suffered.
The 2017 European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) Conference will be the opportunity to learn and discuss how to tell and sell the truly positive story that sustainably sourced tropical timber has to tell; to review the challenge and, share knowledge and best practice with colleagues from across Europe on marketing this valuable and versatile material. It will also be an excellent occasion to network with buyers, suppliers and specifiers.
The arguments for using sustainably sourced tropical timber and particularly lesser-known timber species (LKTS) are strong. It is key to increasing the economic viability of sustainable forest management (SFM) and, by connection, to sustaining biodiversity and forest community livelihoods. So the onus is on the trade as a whole to boost awareness, specification and use of this high performance, versatile raw material. But it is a story, that can sometimes be complex to communicate and pitch correctly for different audiences.
The STTC Conference 2017 will explore how to improve the image of sustainably sourced tropical timber and market it as a rich and varied resource that can contribute to forest conservation – and do so in a way that appeals to users and consumers.
The Conference will include many opportunities for delegate input, including interactive plenaries and breakout sessions.
Excursion and Networking dinner, September 20, 2017, 14:00
The Conference Programme, September 21, 2017, 9:00-18:30
The venue is Centralværkstedet: Værkmestergade 9, 8000 Aarhus C.
You can book a room with 15% discount in the hotels Comwell and WakeUp.
The conference on September 21 is free of charge (including lunch, drinks and refreshments). For the Networking dinner on September 20, a fee will be charged.
Program and Registration on europeansttc.com