[Shanghai, 21.10.2019] The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) invited a students’ delegation of the International Forestry Students‘ Association (IFSA) to Shanghai, where a 4-days International Forum is being held to promote the concept of green supply chains.
The forum is a response to recent research showing that the gap between global demand and supply of timber and wood products is expected to grow significantly by 2050. This results from continued deforestation and forest degradation in addition to an overall societal increased need for wood. Together with partners from the government and industry, ITTO is fostering dialogue to counter this development.
“An independent growth from supply and demand in timber and wood products potentially has devastating consequences for the environment and the economy,” said Mahtuf Ikhsan, IFSA’s Liaison Officer to ITTO. “We need to take action and prevent this situation.”
This event is an outcome of ITTO’s legal and sustainable supply chain programme. It aims to highlight the importance of sustainable production and supply chains. Moreover, a platform to facilitate business exchanges and collaboration among producers and buyers is going to be established. More information can be found here.