International Forum ATIBT in Dubai (4-6 March 2017)


A 20th edition with an unusual destination, but up to expectations


For the first time since its launch in Rome in 1982, the ATIBT International Forum, which brings together experts from the forest-tropical forest sector every two years in cities around the world, was held in the Middle East, in Dubai. 130 participants took part in the debate on five themes: the future of the tropical forest and its population, training, legality, logistics and the African timber market, from 4 to 6 March, with the official participation of the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates and Her Excellency Estelle Ondo, Minister of Forest Economy, Fisheries and Environment in Gabon.


ATIBT, along with several of its members, then held a stand at the Dubai WoodShow, with which it was associated to organize the event.


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Opening by Robert Hunink, President of ATIBT

Address by H. E. Mrs Estelle Ondo, Gabon’s Ministry of Forest Economy, Fishing and Environment, in charge of the preservation and sustainable management of ecosystems


SESSION 1 – The future of tropical forest and its population

Theme 1.1 – The new challenges of forest management in Central Africa

Theme 1.2 – Model of the forest concessions in the Congo basin – Current considerations and debates

Signing of the Convention of the P3FAC projet between FFEM and ATIBT with Mrs. Aurélie AHMIM RICHARD (Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial – French Facility for Global Environment)

Theme 1.3 – Valuation of related products

SESSION 2 – Training in the timber professions



SESSION 3 – Legality, certification, global warming and responsible purchase of timber

ATIBT FFEM Film “How to preserve tropical forests” (3 min)

Theme 3.1 – Legality

  • Volontary Partnership Agreement (VPA)
    • Blandine Ouoguia et Jack Soh Ndeh (GFBC – Forestry Syndicate in Cameroon) : Private sector experience with VPA : traceability project
    • Jacqueline Lardit-Van de Pol (ATIBT) : Legality and global warming

Theme 3.2 – Private initiatives for the responsible purchase of timber

SESSION 4 – Logistics, challenges and opportunities

SESSION 5 – African timber market in the world and in particular in the Middle East

Theme 5.1 – Progress report on the ATIBT Marketing Program

Theme 5.2 – Tropical timber trade in the Middle East

Theme 5.3 – Assets and qualities of tropical timber