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GIZ/BMZ Conference Announcement - Forests for Future Generations: Public and Private Responsibility for Sustainability

Monday, 18 February 2013


11 - 12 June 2013 • Berlin, Germany

The year 2013 marks the 300th anniversary of the concept of “sustainability”, the 20th anniversary of forest certification and the 10th anniversary of the EU FLEGT Action Plan. Reducing deforestation while maintaining tropical forests requires joint responsibility between producer, processing and consumer countries as well as between public and private sector.

The two-day conference will assemble participants from governments, private sector management, civil society, sustainability initiatives and development organisations around the world to identify options for alliances between public and private sector on sustainable forest management in the tropics in order to increase the market share of sustainable wood products and preserve the remaining tropical forests.

On the 1st conference day key note speeches and two high level panel discussions will discuss

  • Ways forward on managing forest resources for sustainable development
  • Wood as renewable resource on high demand – Bringing sustainable wood products to scale
  • Dynamics of globalized wood product markets: new trade related regulations, what business does and how this impacts on trade regimes and subsequently on people’s livelihoods and forests
  • Synergies of regulatory approaches and private standards initiatives in existing regulations and policies, such as public procurement and sustainable building, FLEGT, EU Timber Regulation and climate protection policies

During the 2nd conference day participants will break into working groups to engage in in-depth discussions on practical approaches and ways forward to implement sustainable forest management and competitive trading of verified sustainable timber.

We look forward to an exciting and inspiring conference and would kindly like to ask you to mark the dates in your calendar. More detailed information on the conference programme, venue and registration will be available soon.


Ms Birgit Joussen
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Email: Birgit.Joussen@bmz.bund.de

Mr Stefan Essel
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Email: forests@giz.de