Participation in international events and meetings on tropical timber

Participation in industry events at the international level is one of ATIBT priorities, in order to always contribute to improved communication on the importance of achieving sustainable tropical  forest management.


These events have led the ATIBT team to Europe, Africa (Gabon, Congo), the United States, Indonesia, China and Japan.



Since 1982 every two years, ATIBT organizes its Forum, which brings together the members of the Association and, more generally, the tropical timber industry stakeholders, in countries linked to the industry or the tropical timber market.

This two-day event, which punctuates the life of ATIBT, is a moment of privileged exchanges for all the members with debates and interventions gathering the specialists of the tropical timber industry. Each new edition has a different theme, regarding the evolutions and issues of the sector, and hosts between 150 and 200 participants.

The first ATIBT Forum took place in Rome and then in the following years in cities all around the world: Manaus, Marrakech, Washington, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Valencia, Libreville, Istanbul, Rome, Brussels, Athens, Shanghai, Belém, Chi Minh City, Brazzaville, Amsterdam, Milan …

In 2017, on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th March, we decided to organise it in the heart of the Middle East, in Dubai, a place of business and a strategic logistics hub, by joining our forces with the Dubai WoodShow, a major international trade fair. The theme was “Tropical forest: timber, and so much more“, which is consistent with the slogan of our brand Fair&Precious.


Racewood is the exclusive meeting for all the the tropical timber industry stakeholders in Africa and brings together about 100 European and African companies looking for economic, technological and environmental partnerships:

  • to discover the strengths of the timber industry in Africa in the context of the new international market rules
  • to benefit from the offer of certified products from African producers involved in certification and sustainable forest management
  • to participate in the dynamics of the forest sector and processing industries at the regional level
  • to anticipate the development of local markets and wood construction in Africa.

These meetings took place in 2004 in Libreville (Gabon), in 2006 in Accra (Ghana), in 2010 in Douala (Cameroon) and in 2011 in Pointe Noire (Congo).

This event was held on the 21st and 22nd of June 2018, together with the Gabon WoodShow (20-22 June), the first West and Central Africa exhibition dedicated to the wood sector.

This edition enabled meetings regarding the market, machine tool manufacturers, training courses, developed below.

Here were the planned topics:

  • Wood markets- legal and certified wood sources
  • Wood flow and logistics
  • Agroforestry
  • Industrial development- Strategies for a sustainable development and product recovery
  • Products manufactured with innovative techniques
  • Professional training

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