A forest value chain describes the role of different actors in forest businesses from forest to market. Each actor contributes to, and obtains benefits from the chain. A one-day symposium on furniture, timber and forest ecosystem service value chains was held at the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) International Convention Center, in Bogor, Indonesia, on 14 February 2013, with the aim of sharing information, research results and studies on forest products and services and their value chains. Policy makers in the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and other government agencies, researchers, research users and practitioners, NGOs/civil societies, environmentalists, and community and forestry observers participated in the event. Fifteen papers were presented at the symposium comprising various topics: forest product value chains, e.g. teak, furniture and rattan; market, institution and governance; design and quality; and environmental certification. The symposium resulted in ten recommendations focusing on ways to improve the sustainability of forests and industry, enhance people s welfare and boost Indonesia s competitiveness in the global market.