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Moving beyond conflict on procurement

ITTO’s Executive Director, Emmanuel Ze Meka, inspects the identification tag on a Cameroonian log in Shanghai, China, as part of the monitoring of ITTO Project TFL-PD 017/09 Rev.2 (M). That project, described on page 17, aimed to assist small and medium-sized forest enterprises in China in procuring legal tropical timber from sustainably managed forests. Photo: Li Qiang, ITTO

ITTO’s Executive Director, Emmanuel Ze Meka, inspects the identification tag on a Cameroonian log in Shanghai, China, as part of the monitoring of ITTO Project TFL-PD 017/09 Rev.2 (M). That project, described on page 17, aimed to assist small and medium-sized forest enterprises in China in procuring legal tropical timber from sustainably managed forests. Photo: Li Qiang, ITTO

Public timber procurement policies have been a hot topic of debate among governments, tropical timber traders and environmental groups for a very long time. Environmental groups argue that tropical timber-importing countries can lead the way to sustainable forest management by buying only certified or at least legally verified tropical timber; timber-exporting countries say that such procurement policies give non-tropical timber an unfair market advantage; and traders worry about the cost of conforming to new standards.

ITTO releases new publication on impact of timber procurement policies

ITTO has just released the results of a study on the effects of governmental procurement policies on tropical timber as part of its Technical Series. The results of the study indicate that changes in tropical timber trade due to procurement policies are largely swamped by wider economic changes and market shifts.

ITTO and APFNet launch project to promote SFM in Sarawak

A project launched recently by ITTO and the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) will promote sustainable forest management (SFM) in the Sungai Mediht watershed in northern Sarawak, Malaysia.

ITTO releases two new publications on the International Day of Forests

As part of celebrations for the International Day of Forests on March 21st 2015, ITTO has released two major publications to support continued progress towards sustainable forest management in the tropics.
The theme of the 2015 International Day of Forests is Forests | Climate | Change, designed to highlight the strong links between forests and climate change and to rally global support for forests as a way of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Both publications released today by ITTO address this theme.

Japan funds US$1.4 million project to stimulate intra-African timber trade and sustainable management of African forests

A new US$1.4 million ITTO project funded by the Government of Japan aims to promote socio-economic development and sustainable management of African forests through value-addition, expanded further processing and intra-African trade in tropical timber and timber products.

Better management of agarwood

ITTO and CITES have released the report of the Asian regional workshop on the management of wild and planted agarwood taxa, held in January 2015. The workshop comes in response to CITES Decision 15.95 revised at its 16th Conference of the Parties in order to identify strategies to balance the conservation and use of wild agarwood populations, while relieving pressure on these by using planted material.

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