ETTF supports Probos trade mission to Suriname

The ETTF has mailed members inviting them to join a timber trade mission to Suriname,  organised by Dutch-based non-profit forestry consultancy Probos and Suriname-based counterpart Environmental Services and Support (ESS).
The seven-day mission is taking place from November 7 and will entail visits to a range of timber and forestry businesses, and the forest itself. 
The timber and wood products participants will see (including logs, sawn lumber and semi-finished goods) will all be FSC-certified, with the Suriname businesses involved all signed up to the Guiana Shield Tropical Timber Programme, which is run by the Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) and supported by the Netherlands' IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative.
The GSF is a regional funding body, supporting environmental programmes across the Guiana Shield region (an area defined by its geology), which includes most of  Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana and parts of Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. 
The shield area is among the most ecologically diverse and rich regions worldwide and Suriname itself one of the most afforested countries, with estimates of tree cover up to 90% of land area.
According to Probos, 400,000ha of this forest is now certified, and rising. 
"The attraction of the mission for the European timber sector is to meet and link with recently FSC-certified Suriname forest companies, get to know their range of products, species and processing facilities," said Mark van Benthem, Probos senior forest management and industries consultant. "These businesses are eager to establish new business relations for their FSC-labelled products."
The visits to forestry operations, he added, would be an additional opportunity to "see what sustainable management of about 400,000ha  of natural forest means in practice in the Suriname context".
The Guiana Shield Facility maintains that Suriname also has a well-established and functioning legality framework. It's annual timber output at the last report was estimated at 400,000m3.
The cost of taking part in the mission will be about €1750, including flights and accommodation.  
For more, contact Mark van  Benthem at or visit
Pictures: Mark van Benthem, Probos.