ATIBT publishes its 2020 annual report

EDITORIAL Olman Serrano - Atibt President

 

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year for nearly all sectors, not excluding the tropical forest and wood industry. The ongoing sanitary crisis continues affecting the world economy and more importantly, the wellbeing of millions of people. Our thoughts are with the families that lost their beloved ones and with those going through difficult times resulting from the pandemic.

Contrary to the expectations in early 2020, the tropical forestry, including wood products manufacturing and trade, has demonstrated its resilience. While some sectors of the economy collapsed, the tropical wood industry managed to maintain a relatively high level of production and trade, minimizing expected losses.

 

It is commendable the way that the responsible, tropical wood industry has reacted to the crisis, by taking care of its most valuable asset: their staff and their families. Special medical equipment was imported under very difficult circumstances, hygienic measures were introduced at the workplace and local populations were trained on precautionary healthy measures. As a reward, production and sales could continue with little interruption.

 

Similarly, the ATIBT team made special efforts in implementing the planned activities for the benefit of its members and thus, supporting the sustainable management of tropical forests resources and the trade of legally manufactured wood products. Home office has been practiced since early 2020 and numerous virtual meetings, including Board Meetings and the General Assembly, were organized.

 

As a result, ATIBT’s international recognition as a reliable partner in the tropical forestry sector has increased, receiving several invitations to get involved in new initiatives related to its competencies. As reflected in this annual report, despite the general limitations, ATIBT has been active in the tropical forest policy dialog at national, regional and international levels. The work within the different ATIBT Commissions and working groups has been remarkable, involving members and key partners in reflections about improving the value chain, including ecosystem services, intact forest landscapes, cooperation between certified Congo Basin companies and Asian traders and many others.

 

All these achievements would not had been possible without the continues financial support and active engagement of partners investing in sustainable tropical forestry, such as the German Development Bank (KFW), the European Commission (EU), the French Agency for Development (AFD), the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the Unite Nations (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

 

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