Forest products trade and marketing
21 February 2014 The 6th WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme seminar will be held in Stockholm on 9-10 April 2014. This public seminar will bring together researchers and stakeholders from industry, academia and policy-making organizations in the forest-based sector. The objectives of the seminar will be to discuss the results from the projects, to facilitate information exchange and networking between the projects and their stakeholders and to gain feedback and ideas for the further development of the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme. The WoodWisdom-Net consortium consists of 20 European partners who are key players in the implementation of national or regional research activities in the field of wood and material science and engineering as well as forestry. [more]
FAO is supporting country efforts to develop the sustainable and legal trade of forest products, with the following objectives:
- Producers in emerging countries gain improved access to quantitative and qualitative analyses on forest products trade and marketing issues including tariffs, impediments for market access and other trade restrictions.
- Policymakers and the private sector benefit from a wider coverage and a structured interpretation of forest products trade statistics and a higher degree of market transparency feeding into their forest decision making.
- Producers in emerging countries are better up-to-date on forest certification and legality verification, and understand more profoundly their implications for sustainable forest product trade, market access and product promotion.
- National and sub-national governments, local organizations, communities and other rights holders have the capacity to capture opportunities from forest carbon markets.
- Producers in emerging countries know how to apply proven marketing strategies and practices in their local situations, including green marketing in the low-carbon economy, branding and ethical/fair trade tools, and enter into electronic marketplaces and social media networks.
More recently the forest sector has been entrusted with climate change mitigation targets of global importance. This has elevated forest issues higher on the political agenda than maybe ever before. Forest products embody and recycle large amounts of carbon, and trade moves products and their sinks around the world. This complex function will undoubtedly remain under a lively discourse in shaping the future role of forests in low-carbon economies and in the run-up to a global climate accord. Integrating concrete demands for carbon offsets in forests with the conservation of biodiversity and protection of watersheds, is a challenging equation in a world where consumption of forest products will continue to rise.
Mr. Jukka Tissari
Forestry Officer (Forest Products Trade and Marketing)
Forest Economics, Policy & Products Division
FAO Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome Italy