In preparation for the upcoming GTTN Regional workshop in Cameroon, GTTN member and forest engineer for GERSYN Services, Germain Yene Yene, shares with us some of his thoughts on GTTN’s challenges and priorities.
To have the timber industry on board is important, sure, but in order for the network to continuously work, develop and succeed it is crucial to have contributions from producer countries and a reference data base which is up to date and matching the timber market dynamics, so Yene Yene.
Another important network task lies in its representation and in the maintenance of its public relations. The forest engineer considers communications activities to be on of GTTN’s top priorities. It is critical to engage in communications activities with industries and governments, and to provide training to local scientists and samplers on the field.
“GTTN needs to put in place a communications strategy and try to effectively communicate, to explain to the different parties, mainly the governments and the logging companies, so that the network can obtain their full contribution”, explains Germain.
The full interview transcript is available in both English and French here.
Germain has 17 years of experience in working with timber industries, some of those doing sampling, DNA and isotopes projects with the Thünen Institute. We are happy to announce that he will be a keynote speaker during the Regional workshop.