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Bouquets for ITTO project in new video

In a new 1-minute video, local woman Yolanda E. Rodriguez describes how an ITTO-funded project has built capacity and empowered women in the municipality of Sinibal, San Marcos, Guatemala, to produce flowers and vegetables for sale in local markets, thereby improving their livelihoods and raising awareness of the need for sustainable forest management and reforestation.

The trout and the volcano: local man speaks on fish-farming venture

The introduction of small-scale commercial trout farming has helped communities living near the Tacana volcano in Guatemala and Mexico improve their livelihoods and forest management. In a new 1-minute video, local man Noé Escalante describes how an ITTO-funded project has boosted incomes through aquaculture and forest conservation.

In shadow of volcano, local man speaks on benefits of ecotourism

New approaches to ecotourism and sustainable forest management have improved livelihoods for people living near the Tacana volcano in the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Corridor. In a new 1-minute video, community member Anibal Abundio Berduo speaks about an ITTO-funded project that has helped people increase incomes, upgrade forest trails, lookouts and signage, and conserve their forests.

Software for sustainable management plans in the Amazon

Improvements are needed in forest planning in the Amazon to select trees for harvesting based on clear criteria, provide more control, and enable companies to obtain timely approvals for their operations. The Brazilian agricultural research agency EMBRAPA, under an ITTO project, has developed BomManejo, a software tool to assist forest managers in preparing sustainable forest management plans.

The buzz on green supply chains

There’s plenty of talk these days about “sustainable” or “green” supply chains and how these could help save forests while benefiting producers and consumers. But what are they?

In this edition of the TFU, ITTO Executive Director Gerhard Dieterle (page 3) writes that green tropical-timber supply chains “would bring benefits to all stakeholders, from forest owners in the tropics to consumers of the final products—as well as to the global environment”. Businesses might want to implement green supply chains because they are good corporate citizens, but, according to a recent workshop in China (reported in Dr Dieterle’s article), the private sector also sees green supply chains as a means for reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

Holistic approach essential for tropical forestry, says ITTO

A holistic approach to sustainable forest management (SFM) in the tropics is needed to maximize the contribution of the tropical forest sector to global needs, according to Shemala Satkuru, ITTO Assistant Director of Operations. Ms Satkuru was speaking at the 18th Malaysian Forest Conference: Advancing Sustainable Forestry through Digitalization and Technology, held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on 31 July–2 August 2018.

The increasing global population will demand more timber, more forest products and more food, said Ms Satkuru. “A cross-sectoral approach between forestry and agriculture needs to be enhanced to enable concerted solutions on land-use management to meet current and future challenges.”

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