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New voices speak out on forestry, environment and FLEGT 25 January, 2016 A technically aware, environmentally committed new generation in supplier countries is increasingly shaping the development of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) initiative, and other forestry and timber sector legality and sustainability programmes worldwide. Mike Jeffree asked a range of them in VPA signatory countries worldwide about their views, outlook and aspirations. Here are the responses from Indonesia, Ghana and Honduras > read more

Not quite so Great Expectations 20 August, 2015 The hardwood trade may have lost some momentum this year, but the outlook remains positive. And it’s unfazed by talk of an EUTR enforcement focus on the sector. Mike Jeffree reports.

On the waterfront 18 August, 2014 Wijma UK is supplying tropical timber for projects both in and beside the water. Sally Spencer reports

VPA vision for legality 07 September, 2013 Implementing EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements is taking longer than hoped, but supplier countries signed up to the initiative have already made major progress on legality assurance. Mike Jeffree reports.

African adventure 23 April, 2013 Daltons Wadkin provided technical support for TV presenter Nick Hewer’s charity mission to set up a joinery business in Sierra Leone.

Certification plus 12 November, 2012 Scott Poynton of global not-for-profit organisation The Forest Trust says the tropical timber trade needs to do more to convince consumers of its environmental commitment

Suitable substitutes 12 November, 2012 The timber trade needs to explore the potential of alternative tropical species, and the WWF has produced a new guide to help, reports James Horne of the environmental organisation’s Global Forest & Trade Network

All Bases covered 12 November, 2012 Lionex says its latest diversification makes it even more of a one-stop hardwood shop. Mike Jeffree reports

Plywood rises to EUTR challenge 12 November, 2012 The EU Timber Regulation may cause some disturbance for the tropical plywood trade, but long term it will benefit the sector and its image, according to three leading importers

Testing tropical times 12 November, 2012 According to one supplier, OK is good enough for business in a tropical timber sector facing continuing tough market conditions and major new anti-illegal logging legislation. Mike Jeffree reports

Tropical sawn lumber makes major gains 11 June, 2011 The market is strong for west and central African producers but whether the recent large rises in sawn timber prices can be sustained remains to be seen

West African exporters look forward with confidence 21 January, 2006 Strong Indian demand, rising prices for South-east Asian lumber and supply restrictions in South America suggest a good year ahead for West African shippers

China and India buoy West African market 30 September, 2005 Demand from China and India kept West African exporters busy during the European summer lull

Firm prices expected to hold to third quarter 11 June, 2005 Demand and prices for West African logs and timber are steady and the period of stability is forecast to continue well into the year

Year expected to end on a more difficult note 13 November, 2004 Although the next two months may be more difficult than the rest of the year, West African traders remain optimistic for the long term

Market refuses to holiday 07 August, 2004 Prices are firm and, despite the summer slowdown, markets remain quite active

Hardwood lumber prices stabilise, but logs move up 15 May, 2004 Higher log prices and tightening supply have injected new activity in West African markets

Little change expected during the first quarter 07 February, 2004 Quiet demand is the least of problems for West African producers. They are more preoccupied with low log supply and difficulties in shipping

Belts continue to tighten as margins fail to improve 18 October, 2003 The market for West African exporters is summed up as "dull", with low demand and even lower margins

No price rises expected through the summer 12 July, 2003 West African markets are generally quiet and are expected to remain so for the next few months

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