ATIBT promotes the sustainable, ethical and legal tradeof tropical timber as a natural and renewable resource. This activity is key for the socio-economic development of producing countries, and for consuming countriesit is a valuable source of raw materials that are destined for various industrial uses.
ATIBT provides professionals and the general public with a significant amount of institutional, technical and trade news on the major issues involving the tropical timber sector: the promotion of legality, sustainable forest management, improved industrial timber proces-sing methods and the promotion of lesser known species.
ATIBT’s technical expertise and plurality of skills is enhanced by the diversity of its membership base: private forest sector companies, industrial and commercial players, international and national institutions, States that have signed the ATIBT Convention, research institutes, professional and non-professional associa-tions and suppliers of equipment, transit, transport and other services related to the timber industry.
ATIBT acts in favour of the sustainable management of tropical forests and a healthy economy that promotes social development. It promotes and implements low-impact logging techniques for improved use of the resource.
It ensures improved knowledge of the raw material - wood - in terms of its use, industrialisation, consumption and promotion.It supports national and international forest certification systemsin order to enhance their transparency and credibility.