India to host a World Teak Conference in 2025

With the help of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) and the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, India will host a World Teak Conference in 2025. The announcement was made at the recent 4th Teak Conference in Accra, Ghana.

The once-every-three-years conference was originally scheduled for 2020, but it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

India was represented at this year’s conference by an 11-member delegation. It also included four Maharahstra forest officials. The conference drew 350 participants from 34 countries, including teak planters, traders, researchers, international organisations, and forest administrators.

India is the world’s largest importer of teak in roundwood form. According to a 2015 report by Teaknet, an international forum of institutions and individuals working on teak, the country consumes half of the total harvested teak globally. India’s teak roundwood imports increased from 0.5 million cubic metre to over one million cubic metre between 2009 and 2019. The majority of India’s teak imports come from Myanmar, Western African countries, Thailand, and Central America.