African Timber Organization (ATO)

Organisation africaine du bois (OAB)
Organización Africana de la Madera (OAM)

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1976-06-02 Libreville Gabon


2 Jun 1976, Libreville (Gabon), when bylaws were adopted at a ministerial meeting of 15 African timber-producing and exporting countries. Original title: Inter-African Organization for Forestry Economy and Marketing of Timber.


/Goal/ - Enable member countries to study and coordinate means of ensuring optimum development of their forests and timber products. /Objectives/ - Ensure a continuous exchange of information and mutual support among member countries concerning their forestry management, timber marketing and industrialization policies. Coordinate commercial policies in member countries, in particular as regards: prices; product designations, terminology and gradings; standardization of conditioning and quality control; tax matters. Ensure study of freight rates and shipment procedures suitable for African products and promote cooperation among member countries in negotiations in this regard. Carry out technological and industrial research, in particular on unknown or little known tree species. Conduct market surveys on African timber and ensure its promotion. Coordinate industrialization policies among member Countries. Harmonize policies of reforestation, and forestry and environmental management. Coordinate supervisory training policies. Study alternatives and implement the efficient formation of an African timber market. Promote close cooperation between landlocked and and coastal countries, in particular for studying new ways of transportation.


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GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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