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Life after 50

Delegates and office-bearers at the 45th session of the International Tropical Timber Council, held in Yokohama in November 2009. Photo: K. Sato

Delegates and office-bearers at the 45th session of the International Tropical Timber Council, held in Yokohama in November 2009. Photo: K. Sato

The International Tropical Timber Council is turning 50—that is, it is about to convene in its 50th session. The Council is ITTO’s governing body, and it has achieved much since its first session in Geneva in 1985/86. This special edition of the TFU features interviews with nine Council chairs, from the early days of the Council through to the present, as well as with the chairs of the Trade Advisory Group (TAG), the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) and a representative of the host city, Yokohama. We ask interviewees about the challenges the Council has faced over the years, its achievements, its strengths and weaknesses, and what its role might be in the future.

Commitment renewed for tropical forest biodiversity

CBD Executive Secretary, Dr. Braulio Dias, and ITTO Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Ze Meka renewed the two organization's commitment to preserve biodiversity in tropical forests. Photo: J. Leigh, ITTO

CBD Executive Secretary, Dr. Braulio Dias, and ITTO Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Ze Meka renewed the two organization's commitment to preserve biodiversity in tropical forests. Photo: J. Leigh, ITTO

On 13 October, Mr. Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of ITTO and Dr. Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of CBD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the ITTO-CBD-JICA joint side event on “Achieving forest-related Aichi Targets on the ground: ITTO/CBD Collaborative Initiative for tropical forest biodiversity” held on the occasion of the CBD COP 12 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

ITTO, FAO and APFNet convene an Indo-China Regional Workshop on Forest Products Statistics

ITTO, FAO and APFNet held a Regional Workshop on Forest Products Statistics for Indo-China from 17 to 19 September 2014 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. This regional statistical workshop aimed at providing assistance to a number of member countries in the Indo-China region to strengthen their statistical collection, analysis and reporting abilities.

Earning more from forests

Many people make a good living by harvesting and processing timber and non-timber forest products, but a great many more are poor. A key task for forest policymakers, foresters and extension agencies is to enable forest-dwelling people to earn more from forests.

ITTO releases an on-line project search tool; making knowledge available with a few clicks!

ITTO has just released an on-line project search tool, in order to further disseminate, capitalize and enhance the knowledge it has gained through the implementation of field projects in sustainable forest management (SFM) since it began operations in 1986. This information is now available at your fingertips on the ITTO homepage, with just a few clicks away.

New Fellowship Network

ITTO has launched its Fellowship Network website, based on social media platform at
http://www.ittofellownet.org/

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There are currently no vacancies at the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

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