Valencia, 13 February 2015

The market as driving force behind sustainable tropical forest management

 The 2nd European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition Conference

Every year, millions of hectares of tropical forests are being destroyed. The private sector and public authorities can play a large role in reversing this trend. The power of sustainable timber procurement as the driving force behind the sustainable use of tropical forests will be the central theme of the conference.

The conference will be a day of interesting discussions, inspiring speeches, networking opportunities and… an award to the most innovative sustainable participant of the European STTC. An event to attend!

The conference brings together about 150 local authorities, private sector partners and representatives of civil society. The conference is free of charge, but by invitation only.

Date:                    13 February 2015
Time:                   10.00 – 19.30 hrs CET (including lunch, drinks & bites)
Location:             Feria Valencia, Avinguda de les Fires, 1, 46035 València, Spain
Information:        Anne van Steenoven:
Program:             Download the preliminary program here.

Please note that the event is organized in the same week as the Maderalia Selection, the International timber and wood fair, which will take place from February 10th to 12th in FIMMA Valencia, Spain. This international fair is attached to other two fairs, Habitat and Cevisama focused on construction, furniture and ceramics. These fairs attracted last year close to 70.000 visitants and more than 200 expositors. The Maderalia Selection is today the most important timber and wood fair in Spain.

If you would like to attend the event, please send an e-mail to:

Anne van Steenoven:

About the Program

After good initial progress, sustainable forest management in tropical regions, where good forest management practices are most urgently needed, is lagging behind. There is now a unique momentum for mainstreaming sustainable tropical timber. Both in Europe and in North America legality measures are being introduced that will have large-scale impact on the tropical timber sector. The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (European STTC) aims to increase demand for timber from sustainably managed forests to a mainstream level as key unlocking move for the tropical timber sector. Find out how you can join this coalition.

Message of the European STTC

As the European STTC we would like to send a clear message to the tropical timber producers in the tropics. See our message here: