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New manual promotes trees on farms

A recently published manual on good rural practices (Manual de buenas practicas rurales) will assist farmers to increase the productivity of their fields and grazing lands by using trees to produce woodfuel, fruits and fodder, stabilize soils, store carbon, assist water infiltration, and generate other benefits. The manual, in Spanish, is a product of ITTO project RED-PD 045/11 Rev.2 (M), which aimed at a quantitative assessment of the goods and services provided by the various types of tropical forests and coastal forests (mangrove forests, tropical flood forests, rain forests and scrub forests on dunes), on the coastal plains of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico. These practices aim to contribute to sustainable forest management and to the valuation of coastal forests with similar conditions throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Pacific Region.

Managing tropical forest biodiversity across international borders

Mr Chheang Dany, Cambodian Forest Administration, delivers his presentation at the ITTO-CBD-BirdLife International side-event at CBD COP13. Photo: S. Lim

Mr Chheang Dany, Cambodian Forest Administration, delivers his presentation at the ITTO-CBD-BirdLife International side-event at CBD COP13. Photo: S. Lim

An ecoregional approach within an international framework can effectively conserve forests and forest biodiversity in transboundary areas, according to conservation projects showcased at the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underway in Cancun, Mexico.

Coastal forest services more valuable than cattle, concludes ITTO study

A report published recently by ITTO project RED-PD 045/11 Rev.2 (M) concludes that, if all the ecosystem services provided by flooded forests and wetlands in Veracruz, Mexico, are taken into account, these ecosystems are vastly more valuable than the grazing land that often replaces them.

REDD+ capacity building essential for implementing Paris Agreement, say experts

Speakers at an ITTO side-event say it is time to scale up resources and south–south cooperation to ensure countries have the capacity to use comparable methodologies in the measurement, reporting and verification phase of REDD+. The side-event was held on 17 November in Marrakech, Morocco, at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Gerhard Dieterle elected as ITTO’s next Executive Director

ITTO’s governing body, the International Tropical Timber Council, elected Gerhard Dieterle as ITTO’s new Executive Director by consensus at its 52nd session in Yokohama on 12 November 2016. Dr Dieterle won the position from a strong field of six candidates and after deliberations on the matter at two previous Council sessions.

New Fellowships awarded at the 52nd Session of the ITTC

Eleven fellowships were awarded by the International Tropical Organization at the 52nd Session of International Tropical Timber Council. The newest group of fellows represents 9 different producer member countries and includes 5 female fellows. The total amount of the fellowships was US$58,724.71.