Gembloux Agro-Bio, a faculty at the forefront of sustainable development, trains bioengineers through a comprehensive five-year programme. Four distinct curriculums enable students to specialise in key areas of life sciences, such as the management of forests and natural areas. Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech is home to a research team specialised in tropical forestry. In Central Africa, it has established numerous collaborative agreements with research and training institutions as well as with the private sector. Integrated at the University of Liège since 2009, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech is a human-scaled faculty that is open to the world and whose quality of teaching and research excellence has been internationally renowned for over 150 years.
CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) is France’s agronomic research and international cooperation organisation for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Through its research, development, training and technology transfer efforts, the Timber team of CIRAD’s BioWooEB Research Unit (37 agents) supports the operators of the tropical timber sectors – artisanal units, small and medium-sized companies, industrial players – by providing them with improved knowledge of timber and its derivative products, mastery of appropriate technological processes and a better understanding of the requirements of local, national and international markets. The interventions of its team are based on its varied and complementary skills, which enable them to provide a broad range of technical and scientific expertise: knowledge of tropical timber, processing methods (sharpening, sawing, drying, secondary processing and finishing) and market introduction (sectoral economy and resource allocation).
In particular, the team conducts such actions as :
- assistance and technical assistance for project owners, contractors, architects, inspection offices, design offices, construction companies, for the implementation and use of tropical timber;
- training in tropical timber technology and the economics, trade and marketing of tropical forest products; these training courses are intended for professionals in countries that produce and consume tropical timber as well as prescribers, contractors, inspectors, traders and sellers.