Program ATIBT FORUM 2022
June 1st to 3rd, 2022 I Nantes

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Program ATIBT FORUM 2022


  • Wednesday, 1st of June
  • Thursday, 2nd of June
  • Friday, 3rd of June


  • 15:00-16:30
    Leave no one behind - how to include smallholders and community-based forest enterprises?

    Tijmen Hennekes (FSC Netherlands)
    Andrew Goldberg (Rainforest Alliance)
    Fernandito Gutiérrez (member of Ejido Dziuché, Quintana Roo)
    David Östby, Chairman of LevasForest (LevasFlor),
    Edgar González (Rainforest Alliance)
    Scott Fransisco (Cities 4 Forests)
    David Östby, LevasForest (LevasFlor)

    This dialogue session arranged by FSC, and Rainforest Alliance will raise awareness of smallholders and community-based forest enterprises as a potential supply area for European imports. Meet representatives from communities in Mexico and Mozambique together with initiatives and companies who already are including community-based forest enterprises.


  • 17:15-18:00
    The TTP and info tools on the tropical timber due diligence

    Caroline Duhesme (ATIBT)
    Donatien Nzala (ATIBT Congo)
    Marie Vallée (OTP)
    Chloé Viala (PBN Hub sourcing)
    Darren Thomas (Double Helix Tracking)
    Arnaud Hétroit (LCB)

    The Timber Trade Portal (TTP) enables operators to exercise due diligence under the EUFR by providing information that feeds into their own risk analysis, on a case-by-case basis, by making available factual information such as forest sector data, legislative framework, laws and regulations, key documents and bans and quotas, CITES processes, VPAs, certification, contacts, etc.



  • 09:30-09:40
    Welcome speech 
  • 09:40-10:05
    Opening Speech

    By the Minister of Forest Economy in the Republic of Congo


  • 10:05-10:20
    Projection of the "Presidents movie"

  • 10:20-10:45
    Speech on tropical timber market

    By Executive Director of ITTO

  • 10:45-11:15
    Wood as sustainable solution – time for action (builds on the outcomes of the
    World Forestry Congress)

    By FAO

  • 11:15-11:45
    Opportunities for tropical timber in today's markets

    By the ATIBT President F. van de Ven, COMIFAC Executive Secretary H. Maidou, FSC Executive Director K. Carstensen and Peter Latham (Latham)


  • 11:45-12:15
    Press conference


  • 13:30-14:10
    Carbon and biodiversity valuation in sustainable forest management

    By A. Pivin (Carbone4), Romain Lorent (PPECF) and Asger Strange (FSC)


  • 14:10-14:50
    Are current management standards adapted to the dynamics of commercial species?

    By JL Doucet (University of Liege), Sylvie Gourlet-Fleury (CIRAD) and A. Ahmim-Richard (FFEM)


  • 14:50-15:30
    Evolution of forest management and the timber industry in Central Africa

    By N. Bayol (FRM), C. du Castel (AFD) and J. Lardit (ATIBT)


  • 16:00-16:40
    Forest certification dynamics in the Congo Basin and the fight against imported deforestation

    By N. Perthuisot, European Commission (to be confirmed), A. Sautière (FSC) and C. Duhesme (ATIBT)


  • 16:40-17:20
    The importance of continuing research on tropical timber

    By E. Groutel (Wale), J. Gérard (CIRAD) and F. Anquetil (A.F BOIS)


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  • 10:00-10:30
    COMIFAC and its role in the sustainable management of Central African forests

    Hervé Maidou (COMIFAC)
    Françoise Van de Ven (ATIBT)
    Romain Lorent (PPECF)

    COMIFAC, the Central African Forest Commission, is an international organisation recognised for its role in sub-regional integration in the conservation and sustainable and concerted management of forest ecosystems. It is one of the global institutions working to promote the right of peoples to rely on forest resources to support their economic and social development efforts.


  • 10:45-11:15
    Sustainable wood value chains: meeting the needs of climate neutrality and livelihoods

    Thais Linhares Juvenal (FAO)
    Richard Eba’a (CIFOR)
    Stéphane Glannaz (Precious Woods)
    Françoise Van de Ven (ATIBT)
    Visio conference avec la FAO

    Are the furniture in our homes, the paper we use, the wood we burn, the wood that goes into the structures of buildings sustainable?

    These questions are being asked, more than ever, in the context of growing concern about deforestation and the impact of climate change. People on all continents depend on wood products from the world's forests, and many of the world's poorest people depend directly on wood and other forest resources for their livelihoods and incomes. But unsustainable practices remain a major challenge, from production to consumption. This session will focus on the needs of value chain assessment to identify the opportunities and threats to sustainability. We will discuss value chains assessment, contribution to climate neutrality and livelihoods.


  • 11:30-12:00
    From the forest to the oceans: The billion dollar yachting industry

    Kristian Jørgensen (FSC Denmark)
    Tijmen Hennekes (FSC NL)
    Eric Lemière (Arbour) tbc

    The yachting industry is where luxury, technical innovation and high-end quality come together. The industry has come a long way with technical solutions to their environmental footprint. However, the sector is still facing many challenges concerning sustainable timber supply. Next to supply challenges in softwoods and plate material for construction, the yachting industry is particularly challenges to find new wood-based solutions for decking.
    “Ensuring more sustainable timber in the yachting industry” is a project coordinated by FSC Denmark and supported by Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) is set ensure a higher uptake of sustainable timber in the yachting industry.


  • 12:15-12:45
    Further circularity of tropical timber

    Frédéric Anquetil (AF Bois)
    Jean Gérard (Cirad)
    Benoit Jobbe Duval (ATIBT)

    The reuse of tropical wood species with good durability for a second life is only just beginning to emerge. On closer inspection, this reuse has many positive externalities, including for the image of tropical woods, which the "as usable" economy does not yet value.


  • 14:00-14:35
    Presentation of F&P spokespersons

    Bertrand Faucon (Stratémark)
    Norbert Gami (WCS)
    Jan Willem Hunink (Olam)
    Michel Rougeron (Pallisco)
    Stéphane Glannaz (PW)
    Tullia Baldassari (Interholco)
    Benoît Jobbé-Duval (ATIBT)
    Josépha Coache (ATIBT)
    Partenaires F&P

    The Fair&Precious brand, which supports the FSC and PAFC-PEFC certification schemes, intends, with its spokespersons, to better interact with civil society actors, who will carry in the Congo Basin and in Europe. Edwige Eyang is a research associate at IRET (Institut de Recherche en Écologie Tropicale), where she is in charge of the GIS and cartography lab. She is familiar with forest certification mechanisms in the Congo Basin as she has been a member of the FSC Environmental Chamber since 2005 and has been involved in the evolution of the FSC in Gabon since 2008. Norbert GAMI is an anthropologist in the Republic of Congo, with a PhD in Food Anthropology. He specialises in conservation for the development and enhancement of protected areas in Central Africa, through the prism of the involvement of indigenous and local communities in the sustainable management of natural resources. Subtopics: life in certified forests, wildlife and its protection, life in concessions, human labour and indigenous peoples.


  • 14:35-15:15
    Presentation of F&P operators
    ATIBT's F&P operators speak out
    Future of CSR markets: companies take the leads

    Bertrand Faucon (Stratémark)
    Norbert Gami (WCS)
    Jan Willem Hunink (Olam)
    Michel Rougeron (Pallisco)
    Stéphane Glannaz (PW)
    Tullia Baldassari (Interholco)
    Benoît Jobbé-Duval (ATIBT)
    Josépha Coache (ATIBT)
    Partenaires F&P

    Formulating a business strategy without considering corporate social responsibility has become the norm in many markets. However, the Fair&Precious pioneers are raising the bar and there are many more approaches than most of us realise. The FSC is one partner that can help companies make social impact tangible, but it might be better to let the market speak for itself. Subtopics: The construction sector (BAM), Marine / GWW timber special, 60 years of Interholco.


  • 15:30-16:15
    Potential of wood residues for a transition to modern and sustainable bioenergy

    Arturo Gianvenuti (FAO)
    Françoise Van de Ven (ATIBT)
    Prof. Evelyne Thiffault, (Laval University)
    Xia Zuzhang (FAO)
    Visio conference with FAO

    Bioenergy plays a significant and indispensable role in a global energy mix, which provides basic energy services to more than 2 billion people and represents about 11 percent of global final energy consumption. While modern bioenergy is expected to play a key role in reaching net-zero emissions globally, there are debates over its impact on the environment, human health and risks related to competition for land and for raw biomass.
    The mobilization of wood residues for energy purposes is increasingly considered a part of the global green portfolio that can lead to environmental, climate and socio-economic benefits but also raises concerns, depending on the sources and types of residues. The production and use of bioenergy from wood residues can also help revitalize rural economies and stimulate business development, thus contributing to a transition towards the sustainable development of a forest-based bioeconomy in the substitution of non-renewable materials and energy in the forestry industry.

    This webinar analyses the opportunities and challenges of using wood residues for energy in support of an energy transition. Practical experiences will be presented to discuss the way forward to contribute with effective, sustainable wood energy programmes to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

    The webinar will focus on the following aspects:

    • Lessons learned from around the world on the constraints and opportunities on the sustainable utilization of wood residues for energy production
    • How to ensure adequate, affordable and sustainable supply of wood residues for energy in developing countries
    • International certification schemes, local regulations, governance and best practices in support of a sustainable deployment of wood residues for energy.


  • 16:30-17:30
    An Amazon Initative - How can European importers stimulate the increase of certified concessions in Brazil?

    Kristian Jørgensen (FSC Denmark)
    Kasper Kopp (Keflico) 
    Eduardo Leão (AIMEX)
    Mark van Benthem (Probos)

    A united group of timber importers representing large volumes of timber imports from Brazil to the European market signed an open letter in June 2021 calling for more FSC-certified concessions and areas in Brazil. In this letter sent to the Brazilian forestry sector, the signatories aim to motivate the market for sustainably sourced timber and to raise awareness of the current and expected demand and requirements of the European market. A session on how companies can take action.

    The open letter from the European importers is available in English and Portuguese here:
    Recorded webinar here:



  • 10:00-10:30
    Power of policies: Public and private sector taking lead on tropical timber

    Aurélien  Sautière (FSC France)
    Camilla Hyldgaard Thomsen (Keflico A/S)
    Scott Francisco (Cities4Forests)

    As well as hole nations, the cities, the construction sector, and its suppliers most take responsibility for the impact they have on climate change and the natural world they have through their built environment.  

    Today, the focus of construction methods is not only to develop houses that are energy efficient during their lifetime, but also to be efficient in the construction methods and use of materials. As a result of this development, wood has become the focal point of sustainable building methods. This underlines the importanc to ensure that this biobased transition is done in a sustainable manor reducing the negative impacts on the world’s forests. 

    In this session you can hear how different players in the market are pushing for a more sustainable market through procurement policies and engagement.

    Camilla Hyldgaard Thomsen represents the Danish Timber Trade Federation (DK-Timber) who have committed themselves to a code of conduct set to push the market for certified timber. The Code of Conduct was strengthened in 2020 with a purchasing policy with an ambitious 2025-target on certified timber.

    Scott Francisco and Cities4Forests helps cities around the world to connect with forests. Though alliances and projects they encourage cities to better conserve, manage, and restore these forests, and we provide technical assistance for them to align local policy, share knowledge, and access peer-to-peer learning and communication activities for cities to act on sustainability together.


  • 10:40-11:10
    Results of the DynAfFor project: study of the structure and dynamics of Central African forests

    Sylvie Gourlet Fleury (CIRAD)
    Aurélie Ahmim Richard


  • 11:20-11:50
    Presentation of EU-AFD-FLEGT project

    Cecilia Julve (Nature+)
    Mathieu Schwartzenberg (AFD)
    Christophe Du Castel (AFD)


  • 12:00-12:30
    Women in sustainable forestry: the critical resource still invisible

    Francoise Van de Ven (ATIBT)
    Sheam Satkuru (ITTO)
    Blandine Ouoguia (GFBC)
    Hortense Batindek (ATIBT)
    Vincent Istace (CIB)
    Visio conference

    This session will focus on the place of women in today's timber industry,  and will be delivered in the “Agora” format which allows the organization of a Panel. 3 panelists will be invited to discuss and to share their experience in different countries in Africa and Europe, so as to highlight the resources that still exist to better leverage women's skills for the future of the sector.


  • 14:00-14:30
    Let's hear from the certification of legality

    Caroline Duhesme (ATIBT)
    S. Razanamandranto (PBN)
    L. Bovolenta (CU)

    In order to ensure that producers adhere to a legal and sustainable management approach, independent certification schemes attesting to the proper management and legality of forests have been established. There is a certification that attests to the legal origin of tropical timber, with 3 slightly different labels. It is good to know them: OLB, LegalSource, TLV.


  • 14:40-15:10
    FSC Ecosystem Services - New economic revenue models for forestry’s

    K. Jorgensen (FSC)
    Caroline Duhesme, Interviewer/host (ATIBT)
    Esteban Toja (FSC Congo Basin)
    Markus Pfankuch (Precious woods)
    Tullia Baldassari (Interholco)
    Nicolas Perthuisot (auditor)

    Forests provide society with a wide range of benefits, from reliable flows of clean water to productive soil and carbon sequestration also known as ecosystem services. With the introduction of FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure back in 2018 new models of income have been explored based on partnerships that give sponsoring companies/organizations a verified market claim based on the benefits generated of the funding. These models often do not include extraction of wood products. Questions:  What cohesion and contradiction are there between models for extracting sustainable forest products forest products and focused nature conservation based on ecosystem services models?


  • 15:20-17:00
    Sharing production discussion in Republic of Congo

    SE Rosalie Matondo (M.E.F. Congo)


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  • 09:00-10:00
    Creation and development of PAFC Congo Basin

    Thomas Seyvet (PEFC)
    Germain Yéné (ATIBT)
    Yves Kokam (Bureau Veritas)

    In 2004 in Gabon, the PAFC Gabon organisation was created and became a member of the PEFC Council. Since then, two other organisations have joined the PEFC Alliance, PAFC Cameroon and PAFC Congo. In 2019, an initiative to create a single regional certification scheme called PAFC Congo Basin is launched and supported by the three existing national PAFCs. Supported by PPECF, IDH and PEFC, PAFC Congo Basin is developed by local stakeholders in the Congo Basin following PEFC requirements. The three PAFCs are jointly filing the PAFC Congo Basin certification scheme in December 2020. It will be officially recognised by PEFC in December 2021 and is effective as of 01 January 2022.


  • 10:00-10:30
    The SFM standard and the operationalisation of the Congo Basin PAFC

    Thomas Seyvet (PEFC)
    Germain Yéné (ATIBT)
    Yves Kokam (Bureau Veritas)

    The PAFC BC forest management certification standard is composed of several chapters related to the pillars of sustainable forest management, namely environmental, social and economic, but with its own specificities relating to the identification and management of carbon stocks in concessions, the control of greenhouse gases generated by the activity, the wildlife management plan, and the sustainable forest management system. The development of this PAFC Congo Basin standard was based on the principles of stakeholder involvement, balanced representation, consensus and transparency. With the certification scheme ready, PAFC launched the operationalisation of the scheme at the beginning of the year with the development of technical tools to support the implementation of the requirements such as national interpretation guides, the carbon and greenhouse gas guide, the guide document for the elaboration of the wildlife management plan, auditor and company training, as well as awareness-raising and promotion activities.


  • 10:30-11:00
    PEFC and the chain of custody

    Thomas Seyvet (PEFC)
    Germain Yéné (ATIBT)
    Yves Kokam (Bureau Veritas)

    PAFC Congo Basin is a certification scheme supported by the three PEFC Council members in the sub-region: PAFC Gabon, PAFC Cameroon and PAFC Congo. Recognition of the PAFC Congo Basin scheme means that timber certified to these standards enters the global PEFC certification ecosystem and can be exported with guaranteed traceability.PEFC International also plays a supportive role for its PAFC members and invests heavily in ensuring that the regional initiative is robust and best meets the expectations of the sector's stakeholders in the sub-region.


  • 11:15-11:45
    Agro-eco-concessions, PPECF's vision of the future of a model

    Romain Lorent (PPECF)
    Richard Eba’a (CIFOR)

    In a context of rapid demographic growth and even a food emergency, forestry concessions may have to evolve in such a way as to play a role in their more or less immediate perimeter. Thus, from being a purely forestry operator, they could be brought to play an agricultural role, so as to provide the local peasantry with agricultural or even agroforestry services.  This would enable concessionaires to diversify and establish a position in remote areas where state services are sometimes not very present.


  • 11:45-12:15
    Development of national markets and places for SMEs/Artisans

    Hortense Batindek (ATIBT)
    Jean Bosco Wabangawe (ACEFA)
    Gabriel Mola Motya (FIB)
    Jean-Faustin Ngueyep (GFBC)
    Bruno Mvondo (ReCTrad)
    Paulette Ebina-Taraganzo (MEF Congo)

    Domestic timber markets in Central African countries are evolving, but too often remain disconnected from producers with sustainable practices. This observation is made despite the fact that this sector of SME-Artisans constitutes an important lever for the future of sustainable forest management, because of its dynamism, and the increase in needs. The availability of formal wood for artisanal SMEs is decreasing, wood is becoming more expensive, and at the same time large commercial surfaces are setting up selling chipboard products from outside the country to a growing middle class.

    What levers to develop local wood craft trades? What roles for the professional associations of large companies and those of SMEs? What can States do for the development of the crafts sector? What are the continuing vocational training needs?


  • 12:15-12:45
    LKTS market promotion and diversification (how to do it?)

    Kristian Jorgensen (FSC Danemark)
    Stéphane Glannaz (Precious Woods)
    Paulette Ebina (MEF Congo)

    In previous research there have been several scientists to conclude that the use of lesser known timber species, or better – the diversification of our tropical timber market – will benefit us all. We see great potential for biodiversity in tropical forests, both on species level and on ecosystem level. Furthermore, the development of markets for the lesser known timber species will allow sustainable forest management to conduct a more viable business case. But not only the forest will benefit from this new trend; when a company diversifies their product portfolio, it unlock a whole new set of benefits. Utilising several timber species will allow flexibility in delivery schedules, price fluctuations and design. Together with several partners from the tropical timber value chain there have been many successful and unsuccessful attempts to introduce new timber species, attempts from we have learned. This talk will answer the following question: why should we be more diverse in timber species, and how?


  • 14:00-14:30
    Life cycle assessment of African certified timber &the Themis portal

    Alessandra Negri (ATIBT)
    Josepha Coache (ATIBT)
    Mark van Benthem (Probos))

    The construction sector accounts for 40% of the energy consumed in Europe. France is a pioneer in the field of thermal regulations. The ATIBT's DRYADES project, based on life cycle analyses (LCA) of pre-products and construction products made of tropical wood, is helping to prepare for this. In order to have a European vision, we will also identify the regulations of the Member States relating to the carbon impact of buildings in construction.  --- The Themis data collection portal is a joint effort of timber trade associations and federations (ATIBT, LCB and Fedustria) and organisations that promote sustainable forest management and responsible trade. Themis collects data on wood imports in order to monitor, assess, communicate and thus help increase the supply of wood from sustainably managed forests.


  • 14:45-15:30
    Regional market development and SEZ issues: Creating win-win situations with SMEs

    Alain Tiotsop (ATIBT)
    Pierre Taty (MEF Congo)
    Jean Marie Ntoutoume (UFIGA)
    Léonce Medzeque (Dynamique Bois)
    Gregoire Nkeoua (UNICONGO)
    Naasson Boueya (AMC)

    Gabon's value chain is undergoing a revolution. In an unprecedented move towards full certification of public forests, after the ban on log exports and the creation of a Special Economy Zone 10 years earlier, Gabon is experiencing the development of an industry timber, where the added value is integrated into the local economy. Other countries in Central Africa (Congo, Cameroon) are also planning a log export ban and the creation of several SEZs. SEZs attract foreign investors who already have export markets outside Africa and who initially develop their production capacity using qualified personnel from their home countries. How to attract sustainable foreign investment for industry development without destroying existing industries outside the SEZ?

    Within the ZES, clusters are planned for SMEs. What are the needs of SMEs to enter regional markets? What are the levers for creating supply chains with forest companies? To what extent are local capacity building and professional training (initial and continuous) levers to support these changes?



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