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First Regional Workshop on the ITTO Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests

Participants in the First Regional Workshop on the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests planted trees in a field visit to the SFM demonstration site in the Sungai Tekala Forest Reserve, Selangor, Malaysia. The photographed participants are from Malaysia, Myanmar and Fiji. Photo: H. Ok Ma, ITTO

Participants in the First Regional Workshop on the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests planted trees in a field visit to the SFM demonstration site in the Sungai Tekala Forest Reserve, Selangor, Malaysia. The photographed participants are from Malaysia, Myanmar and Fiji. Photo: H. Ok Ma, ITTO

The First Regional Workshop on the ITTO Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests was held on 17–20 August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia, the Forest Department of Peninsular Malaysia and the Forest Research Institute Malaysia.

Putting a brake on wildfire

A firefighter supervises a controlled burn in Guatemala as part of the country’s integrated forest management approach. Photo: C. Goméz.

A firefighter supervises a controlled burn in Guatemala as part of the country’s integrated forest management approach. Photo: C. Goméz.

The huge fires that burned in Borneo in the early 1980s rang alarm bells among tropical forest managers and fire experts. Moist tropical forests, once thought immune to devastating wildfire, were going up in smoke, with huge negative effects on human health and forest sustainability.

Heavy rains finally extinguished the fires, and ITTO launched a programme aimed at encouraging integrated, community-based approaches to tropical forest fire management.

ITTO releases 2013–2014 data on tropical timber

ITTO has published the Biennial Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation 2013–2014, providing data on the production and trade of primary wood products with an emphasis on tropical primary wood products in 82 countries.

ITTO project aims at promoting SFM through REDD+ in Cambodia

An ITTO project launched earlier this month aims at promoting research, development and training in carbon stock assessment to improve the management of tropical forests in Cambodia under REDD+ mechanisms.

New video released on master plan for sustainable management of the Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve

Mangroves are crucial ecosystems; not only are they viable sources of timber, they also protect shorelines from erosion and stabilize estuarine areas. However, in many tropical areas where mangroves are present, a high demand for timber and inappropriate extraction techniques result in destruction and degradation of mangrove ecosystems as well as associated watersheds. Such is the case in the Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve (RFDE) in Cameroon. In this particular area, inappropriate uses such as slash-and-burn farming practices, harvesting of fuelwood and production of charcoal, and overexploitation of non-timber products were employed. The non-governmental organization Cameroon-Ecology (Cam-Eco) has released a video in French which demonstrates and summarizes the steps that have been taken under an ITTO project towards sustainable use of the tropical mangrove ecosystem in these areas.

ITTO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) extend collaborative efforts to 2020 and beyond

An agreement extending collaboration between ITTO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was signed by Mr. Emmanuel Ze Meka, the Executive Director of ITTO and Mr. Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General of JICA, on 30th of June 2015 at ITTO headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.

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