Think Tank ATIBT

Since 2018, as part of the marketing programme, ATIBT has been running the Think Tank "What future for certified companies in the Congo Basin" with the financial support of PPECF.
Three sessions have been organised in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The first two in Nogent, the third in a webinar with the participation of representatives of the profession, institutions, donors, NGOs, and speakers specialised in the themes addressed.

Conceived as "laboratories of ideas", the think tanks have been built on the following themes:

  • Improve the image of certified tropical timber in Europe.
  • Give back value to the Forest and certification
  • Develop collaborations with Asian operators to act jointly on the sustainable management of tropical forests.
  • Explore new markets for tropical timber
Think tank num.3, 2-3 November 2020

Think tank num.3, 2-3 November 2020

The 3rd ATIBT think tank took place on 2 and 3 November 2020, in videoconference format. Since its creation in May 2018, the think tank has been supported by the ATIBT marketing programme.
Simultaneous translation enabled the participation of various English-speaking ATIBT partners.  In total, around 80 people were connected to the meeting. The meeting was built around 4 webinars of 2h30 each focusing on the image of certified timber in Europe, ecosystem services, collaboration with Asian operators and new markets for tropical timber.
The report of this think tank, as well as all the presentations and the video recording are available on the link :


Think tank num.2, 8-10 January 2019

Think tank num.2, 8-10 January 2019

For this 2nd think tank, 65 participants from a wide range of backgrounds met at the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale de Paris, ATIBT headquarters, to reflect together for 3 days on strengthening the certified sustainable management of tropical forests.
The main lines of this 2nd meeting were, as for the previous one, to improve the image of tropical wood in Europe, to explore new markets, to give back value to forests by enhancing ecosystem services and certification, and to develop collaborations with Asia to act jointly on the sustainable management of tropical forests. The follow-up of the decisions taken during this 2nd think tank has been very useful in the coming months, in the framework of the ATIBT projects.
The report of this think tank is available on the link :


Think tank num.1, 16 May 2018

Think tank num.1, 16 May 2018

A first think tank was held in Nogent sur Marne on 16 May 2018, entitled "How to stabilise the model of certified forest concessions in the Congo Basin".
This meeting brought together 25 participants from various backgrounds (companies, donors, NGOs, researchers, experts) and identified 5 main areas for initial work (1) Improving the image of tropical timber, (2) exploring new markets for tropical timber, (3) the need to restore the value of forests, (4) enhancing the value of services provided by foresters and actions in favour of certification and (5) the necessary rapprochement with Asian operators to work jointly on the issue of sustainable management. These major themes guided the subsequent meetings of this ATIBT think tank.


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