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ITTO releases new edition of C&I

Measuring REDD +: Local people receive training in measuring tree diameters to estimate carbon stocks in the Meru Betiri National Park, East Java, Indonesia, as part of ITTO project PD 519/08 Rev.1(F). Photo: FORDA.

Measuring REDD +: Local people receive training in measuring tree diameters to estimate carbon stocks in the Meru Betiri National Park, East Java, Indonesia, as part of ITTO project PD 519/08 Rev.1(F). Photo: FORDA.

ITTO released a revised edition of its pioneering criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable tropical forest management. The aim of this revised edition of the ITTO C&I is to ensure that this instrument continues to meet the evolving needs of tropical forest stakeholders and to comprehensively inform the development of tropical forest policies and management practices. Among other things, the new edition will help tropical countries in reporting to ITTO and other processes, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, and in establishing baselines for REDD+.

Getting it done locally

A local farmer (left) and a project officer stand in a patch of restored forest in farmland in the Guaviare region, Colombia. Families in the area are pursuing various tree-based land-use options as a result of an ITTO project.<br />
Photo: C.M. Carneiro

A local farmer (left) and a project officer stand in a patch of restored forest in farmland in the Guaviare region, Colombia. Families in the area are pursuing various tree-based land-use options as a result of an ITTO project.
Photo: C.M. Carneiro

Evidence is growing that local communities can be excellent managers of forests—to the extent that policies on land tenure, markets and other factors allow. In this edition of the TFU, two articles describe the outcomes of four ITTO projects where the focus was on building the capacity of communities to restore their lands and sustainably manage their forests and on creating the enabling conditions for them to do so.

ITTO projects share experiences on timber tracking at APEC

ITTO projects shared their experiences and lessons learned on timber tracking at the workshop “Strengthening Forest Control Systems and Market Chains in APEC Economies”, held in August during APEC’s Third Senior Official Meeting in Lima, Peru.

Tropical Forest Update goes mobile

The Tropical Forest Update, ITTO’s well-known and highly respected newsletter dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of tropical forest resources, has gone mobile. ITTO has released a free app that makes the newsletter instantly available on smartphones and tablets. The app can be downloaded at Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

Celebrating International Day of Mangroves with a new publication

26 July is the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, as adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO, underlining the importance of mangroves as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem, providing by virtue of their existence, biomass and productivity substantial benefits to human beings, providing forestry, fishery goods and services as well as contributing to the protection of the coastline and being particularly relevant in terms of mitigation of the effects of climate change and food security for local communities." On this special day, ITTO releases a new publication on mangroves produced under the project RED-PD 045/11 Rev.2 (M), entitled –Conociendo los manglares, las selvas inundables y los humedales herbáceos– (“Knowing mangroves, flooded forests and herbaceous wetlands”), available in Spanish only.

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

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.