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UNECE/FAO/WTO Workshop on Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets (A)

23 March 2010

Geneva

Background

Increasingly, timber is a globally traded commodity, along with its derived products. Trade flows, especially of processed timber goods, have grown over the last decades, In this context, some stakeholders believe that despite attempts to minimize obstacles to the free flow of timber products, emerging measures, notably non-tariff ones, are increasingly affecting trade in these products. However, others feel that challenges facing the sector, such as forest degradation and loss, bio-diversity impoverishment, promotion of sustainable management of forests and climate change warrant new thinking.

This one-day workshop co-organized with the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO Secretariat was held on 23 March 2010.

Objectives

Led by expert presentations, workshop participants did discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets. The workshop took into account the role of trade in timber markets and the link between trade liberalization and key challenges facing the forest-based sector. The programme did allow ample time for discussion and frank exchanges of views.

Presentations

Please note the audio is available in English (as spoken) and Russian (interpretation). To access the language, open the .mp3 file and tune the balance to either the left (English) or right (Russian) side.


Title

Speaker

Presentation

Audio file

Growing trade of wood and paper products

Mr. Ed Pepke, Acting Chief, UNECE/FAO Timber Section

PDF

MP3

State of play and key challenges in the timber markets

Mr. Marc Bacchetta, Counsellor, WTO

PDF

MP3

Tariffs in the timber market and Doha Development Agenda negotiations, a Canadian perspective

Mr. Christopher O’Toole, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Canada, Geneva

PDF

MP3

Tariffs in the timber market and Doha Development Agenda negotiations, a European Union perspective

Mr. Jeremy Wall (DG Enterprise and Industry) and Mr. Cornelis Keijzer (DG Trade), European Commission

PDF

MP3
MP3

Trade impact of Russian log export taxes, a Finnish perspective

Dr. Timo Karjalainen, Professor, Finnish Forest Research Institute

PDF

MP3

Trade impact of Russian log export taxes, a Russian perspective

Mr. Denis Sokolov, Chief Executive Officer, Wood Industries Confederation of North West Russia

PDF

MP3

RUS only

Possible impact of subsidies on timber markets

Ms. Barbara Fliess, Senior Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

PDF

MP3

The Forest sector in a green economy

Ms. Maryanne Grieg-Gran, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development

PDF

MP3

Roundtable on measures designed to fight against illegal logging and other non-tariff measures

Mr. Duncan Brack, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

PDF

MP3

Mr. John Bazill, European Commission, DG Environment

PDF

Not available at speaker request

Dr. Eric Hansen, Professor, Oregon State University

PDF

MP3

Mr. Phil Guillery, Director, The Forest Trust

PDF

MP3

Ms. Sheam Satkuru-Grazella,  Director London Office, Malysian Timber Council

speech only

MP3

Mr. Felip de Jaeger, Secretary General, European Confederation of Wood-working Industries (CEI-Bois)

speech only

MP3

Mr. Guido Broekhoven, Senior Forest Governance Officer, International for Conservation of Nature

PDF

MP3

Role and importance of phytosanitary measures in timber markets

Mr. Andre Orlinksi, Senior Scientific Officer, European Plant Protection Organization

PDF

MP3

Ms. Lee Ann Jackson, Economic Affairs Officer, WTO

PDF

MP3

Cédric Pène
Lead Workshop Organizer
UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section

cedric.pene--->unece.org

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