Holding the line and moving forward: roots for green recovery

19 November 2020 – Online Conference

The  online Conference attracted a worldwide audience of 150. The core theme was the growing understanding that, to tackle the  environmental crisis more broadly, society globally needs to adopt a circular bioeconomic model, a core element of which is greater and more efficient use of sustainably produced natural raw materials. It’s a view recently given greater currency, with post-pandemic economic reconstruction seen as a major opportunity to accelerate this transition. Sustainable tropical timber supply, said speakers, must be presented as integral to achieving this ‘green recovery’ and the bioeconomic switch.  

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8.30Platform is open
Participants are encouraged to login early and enjoy a virtual networking coffee with other participants
Welcome speech by Willem Klaassens - IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative
9.10Key note Session - Circular economy - roots for green recovery
Introduction by Jeroen Nagel (circular economy expert, Rijkswaterstaat - responsible agency for the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands), followed by presentations from Lee White (Minister of Water and Forestry, Gabon) and Hugo Schally (Head of Sustainable production, products and consumption, DG Environment) followed by a panel discussion.
  • Jeroen Nagel - Rijkswaterstaat (watch recording / presentation)
  • Lee White - Minister of Water and Forestry, Gabon (watch recording)
  • Hugo Schally - European Commission DG Environment (watch recording / presentation)
  • John Williams - RSK (watch recording / presentation)
  • Maria Smith - Buro Happold (watch recording / presentation)
  • Panel discussion (watch recording)
  • 10.20Session - Coping with the COVID-19 challenge
  • Coping with COVID-19: the case of a forest concession in Congo: Tullia Baldassarri - Interholco AG (watch recording / presentation)
  • Transition to 100% certified wood in a timber importing company: Isabelle Polfliet and Geneviève Standaert - Vandecasteele Houtimport (watch recording / presentation)
  • 11.10Break and networking
    11.30Session - Innovation in forest certification
  • Certification in perspective: Mark van Benthem - Probos (watch recording / presentation)
  • Certification of ecosystem services and market linkage: Liesbeth Gort - FSC Netherlands (watch recording / presentation)
  • Joint audits for FSC and SVLK/FLEGT in Indonesia: Iwan Kurniawan - The Borneo Initiative (watch recording / presentation)
  • 12:30Session - Next steps and STTC post-2020
    Presentation of the outline of STTC’s post 2020 strategy
  • Chih-Ching Lan - IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative (watch recording / presentation)
  • Mark van Benthem - Probos (watch recording / presentation)
  • 12:50Closing words
    Call for action by Lee White - Minister of Water and Forestry, Gabon (watch recording)