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New videos on ecosystem services of the tropical coastal forests of the Gulf of Mexico

Video ¿Qué es la conectividad? “What’s connectivity?”

Video ¿Qué es la conectividad? “What’s connectivity?”

Two new videos from the ITTO funded project RED-PD 045/11 Rev.2 (M) have just been released, highlighting the value of coastal forests of the Gulf of Mexico (mangroves, flooded forests, wetlands, rain forests and scrub forests on dunes). The videos show why conservation of these ecosystems is of extreme importance in order to mitigate adverse effects of climate change and secure provision of essential goods and services, such as water supply of sufficient quantity and quality. The videos are available in Spanish only.

ITTO contributes to strengthening integrated fire management in the tropical forests of Panama

Recently trained: Voluntary forest brigades in Panama after the training course on integrated fire management. Photo: MIAMBIENTE

Recently trained: Voluntary forest brigades in Panama after the training course on integrated fire management. Photo: MIAMBIENTE

The ITTO funded project PD 441/07 Rev.2 (F) implemented by Panama’s Ministry of Environment has strengthened the country’s capacities in prevention, management and control of forest fires. The project implemented integrated fire management practices with the participation of local communities and grassroots organizations.

On 10 June 2016, the Ministry of Environment jointly with ITTO inaugurated a brand new lookout tower, built by the project, for fire monitoring and control.

Keeping timber trade legal, Malaysia’s customs officers given a helping hand

More than 100 customs officers, forestry officials, timber trade enforcement and private sector representatives from across Malaysia met on 12 May 2016 in Putrajaya to develop timber trade guidelines to assist frontline customs authorities in their work at a national workshop organized by the Ministry of Plantations Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), Royal Malaysian Customs and TRAFFIC, in collaboration with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and ITTO, as part of ITTO’s Biennial Work Programme for the years 2015-2016.

Indonesia and EU ready to move on FLEGT licensing

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President Donald Tusk agreed on 21 April 2016 to move swiftly towards promoting trade in legally produced timber between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia through the start of the first-ever Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme. The market effects of the scheme are being monitored by the FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) mechanism, a multi-year project supervised by ITTO and financed by the EU.

Improving forest products statistics in the Caribbean

ITTO, FAO and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) held a regional workshop on forest products statistics for the Caribbean region in Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, on 12–14 April 2016. The aim of the workshop was to strengthen the statistical collection, analysis and reporting abilities of countries in the region.

New publications to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico

A handbook designed to help local communities restore vital but degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and a second manual on the sustainable development of commercial timber plantations in dune systems, have been published by Mexico’s Institute of Ecology (INECOL) as part of an ITTO-supported project.