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.
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.
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.
Growing trade of wood and paper products
Mr. Ed Pepke, Acting Chief, UNECE/FAO Timber Section
State of play and key challenges in the timber markets
Mr. Marc Bacchetta, Counsellor, WTO
Tariffs in the timber market and Doha Development Agenda negotiations, a Canadian perspective
Mr. Christopher O’Toole, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Canada, Geneva
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
Trade impact of Russian log export taxes, a Finnish perspective
Dr. Timo Karjalainen, Professor, Finnish Forest Research Institute
Trade impact of Russian log export taxes, a Russian perspective
Mr. Denis Sokolov, Chief Executive Officer, Wood Industries Confederation of North West Russia
Possible impact of subsidies on timber markets
Ms. Barbara Fliess, Senior Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The Forest sector in a green economy
Ms. Maryanne Grieg-Gran, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development
Roundtable on measures designed to fight against illegal logging and other non-tariff measures
Mr. Duncan Brack, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House
Mr. John Bazill, European Commission, DG Environment
Not available at speaker request
Dr. Eric Hansen, Professor, Oregon State University
Mr. Phil Guillery, Director, The Forest Trust
Ms. Sheam Satkuru-Grazella, Director London Office, Malysian Timber Council
Mr. Felip de Jaeger, Secretary General, European Confederation of Wood-working Industries (CEI-Bois)
Mr. Guido Broekhoven, Senior Forest Governance Officer, International for Conservation of Nature
Role and importance of phytosanitary measures in timber markets
Mr. Andre Orlinksi, Senior Scientific Officer, European Plant Protection Organization
Ms. Lee Ann Jackson, Economic Affairs Officer, WTO
Controlling Illegal Logging: Consumer-Country Measures (Chatham House)