China Dialogue: The CBFP Facilitation Contributing to the Shanghai Forum Organizing Process - ITTO has just published the General Report of the forum on sustainable, legal timber supply chains - Now available!

ITTO: The report of the International Forum: Together Towards Global Green Supply Chains, held in Shanghai last October, is now online. About 350 actors in the tropical timber sector attended the forum, which ITTO co-organized; among other things, it established the Global Green Supply Chain Network to promote the responsible production and consumption of tropical wood and help achieve the SDGs.

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Forests and wood products are increasingly seen as important contributors to the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 13 (“climate action”). Among other things, sustainably produced wood can store carbon in long-life wood products and substitute for emissions-intensive materials.

 

The raised profile of forests and wood products represents an opportunity for the forest sector to help build a biocircular economy. Crucial for doing this is the development of green timber supply chains to ensure legality and sustainability, from the tree in the forest to the product in the market.

 

The International Forum: Together Towards Global Green Supply Chains was the first global dialogue on how to improve the legality and sustainability of tropical timber supply chains. It brought together more than 350 people, including government representatives, major players in the tropical timber industry and trade, and civil-society organizations. Participants broadly acknowledged the strong links between the legal and sustainable management of tropical forests and climate-change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.

 

Within their respective constituencies, the co-organizers of the forum—ITTO, the China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA), the Centre for International Forest Products Trade (CINFT) of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (NFGA), and the International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT)—strive for continuous improvement in the tropical forest sector. We believe that the Global Green Supply Chain (GGSC) Network, which was established by acclamation at the forum, will help foster positive relations, partnerships and innovative thinking in the global trade of tropical forest products. In this way, it will play an important part in enabling tropical forestry to fulfil its potential as part of a biocircular economy.

 

The forum’s outcomes, including the declaration published below, have set a foundation to enable stakeholders to work together through the GGSC Network. The aim is to incentivize the responsible production and consumption of tropical wood products to provide wide-ranging environmental and socioeconomic benefits in both producer and consumer countries.

 

We recognize that many challenges remain in achieving global green supply chains. Nevertheless, ongoing dialogue in the GGSC Network will help illuminate the path ahead.

 

We express our gratitude to all participants in the forum for their engagement, enthusiasm and inputs; the donors for their crucial support; and all those who worked hard to make the forum a success. We are excited about the future that global green wood supply chains can bring as a nature-based solution to global challenges.

 

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