The National Group of Tropical Forests (GNFT) met on February 16 in Paris




The GNFT is a body to discuss French guidelines on tropical forests. It brings together representatives from the private sector, NGOs, representatives of civil society, administrations and research organizations. ATIBT participates in its meetings, the last of which took place on February 16th.


Among the important points of these exchanges and the presentations given, we note:


  • timelines for the development of the National Strategy to Combat Imported Deforestation (SNDI), in which France is very active
  • the proposals resulting from the preliminary work of the groups led by the French Development Agency (AFD), the French Alliance Française of Sustainable Palm Oil and the General Commissariat for Sustainable Development
  • the presentation of the actions planned during the first half of 2018, in the framework of the French presidency of the Amsterdam declarations
  • the SNCF-ATIBT-MTES-MAE travel project in the Congo Basin
  • discussions around FLEGT and certification, which bring a lot of lessons, especially for other commodities


The GNFT is an informal advisory body whose objective is to discuss the French doctrine and guidelines on tropical forests. Created in April 2002, this group is jointly led by representatives of the main ministries concerned. The stakeholders in this group are representatives from the private sector (timber industry, mass distribution, finance), environment and development NGOs, consumer and elected representatives, public administrations, public institutions and organizations of research.