From May 30 to June 1 stood the Carrefour du Bois. As every year, the ATIBT held a stand, and for this edition, it broke new ground by organizing a joint ATIBT / IMM event on Thursday, May 31st.
For the occasion, we took out our removable stand in cardboard, very functional and which had been noticed last year. We have dressed Fair & Precious posters and an ATIBT presentation kakemono and a kakemono from Gabon WoodShow, who is a partner of our Racewood event on June 21st and 22nd in Libreville. We also exhibited our presentation brochures of the ATIBT and our Fair & Precious collective brand, and some books, some of which have been sold (User guide for African eco-certified timber, Nomenclature of tropical timber and Atlas in particular).
This year again, the booth was very visited and our activities were the subject of great interest, which was concretized by several applications for membership, which we will soon present here.
We had planned this year to dedicate a morning to present the activities of the ATIBT. On the proposal of IMM, we have transformed this presentation into a joint IMM event, to create synergies between our two structures and take advantage of the presence of our members and partners to consult them on the legality and certification and FLEGT issues. The event was translated simultaneously into English and French to facilitate understanding and feedback.
The first part of the day was devoted to a presentation by the ATIBT of :
then by IMM side presentations :
The second part of the day was dedicated to three workshops with participants, whose content was presented at the end:
This day of consultation was very appreciated by the participants who were able to express themselves freely and allowed us, on the ATIBT side, to better understand the expectations and the feelings of the stakeholders, and to get closer to IMM.
IMM is a multi-year project implemented by ITTO and financed by the European Union (EU) to support implementation of bilateral Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) between the EU and timber supplying countries. IMM responds to requests for independent timber market monitoring from VPA partner countries and commitments to impact assessment made in the agreements.