The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) takes an active part in the most important global forestry products forums and councils, industrial topics and the negotiation of foreign trade matters for forests products. In these forums and councils, Ibá presents and advocates topics of interest for the planted tree industry in Brazil. The association’s international agenda encompasses forestry topics, such as certification, good forestry management practices, tree biotechnology and innovation; industrial topics such as international regulations and agreements, technical barriers, infrastructure for foreign trade, trade defense, competitiveness, use of waste and recycling; as well as social and environmental topics such as supporting small farmers and carbon absorption by planted trees.

Among the activities, special mention goes to Ibá’s leadership, since May 2015, of the Steering Committee of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), comprised of over 30 associations from important countries from the global forestry market, such as the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). The ICFPA seeks to promote the cooperation of its members in areas of common interest, in addition to globally advocating for the forest products industry, through an agenda of topics of major relevance and joint initiatives, presented by members. The president of this forum plays an important role to leverage the agenda of the Brazilian forestry industry internationally.

The ICFPA currently represents roughly 50% of global wood production and 90% of the paper production in the world. The positioning in relation to topics such as forestry certification, biotechnology, climate change, importance of forest carbon, recycling, communication and industry image, among others are debated and submitted to the forums of interest. The Council also takes part in important events to promote and recognize the global industry of forest products’ best practices. Every two years, the ICFPA publishes the Sustainability Progress Update—a report that presents the performance indicators for its members and the growth and evolution of the global industry to develop a green and sustainable economy.

The ICFPA is recognized by important global entities such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where it carries out supplementary work on the Advisory Committee on a Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI), a statutory body of FAO. The ACSFI is comprised of executives from the industrial private sector in 20 different countries; its main purpose is to provide guidance for the activities and work program of the FAO Forestry Department, on topics that are relevant to the forest-based products sector, supporting the global industry’s efforts towards sustainable development.

Ibá also maintains relationships with other organizations that deal with topics of interest for the global forestry industry, such as the Forest Solutions Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (FSG/WBCSD), the main forest certification programs including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and social and environmental forums and organizations such as The Forest Dialogue (TFD).

In these forums, the main topics of discussion are good forestry management practices, environmental services, innovation and technology, sustainability in the production chain in the sector, and engagement with civil society in decision-making. Ibá holds and takes part in meetings, events and public consultations within these forums, in addition to being part of technical groups and drafting documents to establish a common agenda and represent industry interests in these discussions.

Ibá also takes part in specific projects with stakeholders, such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A good example is New Generation Plantations (NGP), an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in partnership with forestry companies. It is based on developing and presenting case studies that collect and share knowledge about good practices in well-managed forest plantations in order to promote effective landscape management and recovery of degraded lands, in addition to encouraging rural development through partnerships with companies and NGOs. Ibá takes part in NGP discussions and technical visits in order to promote Brazilian plantations as part of a new generation of plantations in the world.

Ibá’s international initiatives also include monitoring major international negotiations conducted by the United Nations (UN): climate change and sustainable development. The association has observer status under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), where it follows the topics of interest and impact on the Brazilian planted trees industry. Additionally, the association takes part in coalitions made up of diverse audiences with the purpose of contributing with initiatives that pursue sustainable development, mitigation of climate change, improvement of public policies, transition to a low carbon economy, domestically and internationally. It also promotes cooperation between representatives of the Brazilian government informing the actions of the Brazilian industry to contribute with international commitments undertaken by the Country.