Join Dovetail Partners at the ATIBT Forum



Session on timber legality, certification, climate change and responsible purchasing of timber

(Dubai, Emirates) - Join Dovetail Partners, a US-based environmental think-tank, on March 6 at the ATIBT Forum. Dovetail Associate Dr. Ed Pepke will be presenting on the "Impact of market forces and government policies on the tropical timber trade". The presentation will address the decline in the tropical timber trade over the long term, with a focus on the European Union (EU) imports of tropical compared to temperate timber. The EU and four other countries have enacted legislation to ensure that their timber imports are legal. The EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan aims at legal and sustainable imports by establishing voluntary partnership agreements with tropical timber producing and exporting countries. Thus far 15 countries have signed VPAs. One objective of a VPA is to export FLEGT-licensed timber, which began in 2016 with the first country's, Indonesia's, export to the EU.



Dr. Ed Pepke serves as a Dovetail Associate and is currently the Senior Timber Trade and Policy Analyst for the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) Facility of the European Forest Institute. At Dovetail Partners Dr. Pepke participates in projects involved with his interest and experience in the forest sector, especially international forest products marketing and trade. At the EU FLEGT he is primarily responsible for analytical studies concerning the European Union and global timber markets. Prior to these roles, Dr. Pepke worked for 20 years as the Forest Products Marketing Specialist for the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to the UN, Dr. Pepke worked for the U.S. Forest Service in St. Paul, Minnesota as a marketing and utilization specialist.



Dr. Pepke also recently served as co-author on two reports published by the European Forest Institute that assess the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Action Plan. They can be downloaded at the following links:




The ATIBT Forum will take place at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, Emirates, on March 4-6, 2017. For registration and program, visit:



About the ATIBT
The Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (International Tropical Timber Technical Association), a Paris-based international organization, was created in 1951 to serve the tropical timber industry, from forest to end user. According to its website, it plays a key role in the implementation of projects dedicated to the sustainable and responsible management of tropical forests. It defines itself as: a leading technical and scientific authority in terms of tropical timber resources; a key partner for industry professionals' dealings with various stakeholders (governments, international organizations, NGOs, etc.); a manager of international programs that support tropical forests.