"Tropical Forest: Timber
and so much more"


ATIBT forum organised in collaboration with

Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

Minister of Climate and Environment
United Arab Emirates

I would like to thank the ATIBT for its effort as a technical and scientific leader of playing the key role in the implementation of international projects dedicated to the sustainable and responsible management of tropical forests. By gathering the renowned experts from the tropical timber industry in terms of management, trading and implementation, the association has a strong position to guaranty impactful results.

The Ministry of Environment will provide its entire support and collaboration with third parties contributing to the mission to strive towards integrated management for Environment Ecosystem and Natural resources to realize Green Economy for the present and future generations. The United Arab Emirates take serious actions to ensure its constant leading role in addressing protecting our environment, both at home and abroad.

The United Arab Emirates are very pleased to welcome you to ATIBT annual meeting that will be held on March 4-6th, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I welcome all of you in Dubai and I wish you a pleasant stay and successful business in the coming days.

Robert Hunink

ATIBT President

"As the president of the ATIBT, I would like to thank the Emirates authorities for hosting the Forum ATIBT. We are especially pleased, because we know of their commitment to the environment and to the fight against global warming. This commitment is an opportunity to build a more sustainable and future-oriented world. It is also a great honour that his Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoud will participate in this international key event. An event which since 1982 has been organized annually in major cities around the world.

Over the years ATIBT has gained considerable expertise with project management and/or project support when it comes to forest dynamics, assisting concessionaires with certification, linked with the European regulation, the promotion of tropical timber etc. Dubai, a strategic business location in the Middle East and acting as a gateway for the region, is an essential platform for the timber trade and has a key role to play in the development and promotion of the use of certified timber.

The forthcoming Forum, organised in conjunction with the Dubai Woodshow, is another key event for the timber industry. It will be a great occasion for us all to meet and to debate the very issues that affect our industry today, or in the future. I am sure you will take advantage of it."