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Time-series data on tropical timber released

Recording data for a recently harvested cumaru log in Madre de Dios, Peru. ITTO is building capacity in its producer member countries to collect and analyze forest data. Photo: CNF/ITTO project PD 621/11 Rev.3 (M)

Recording data for a recently harvested cumaru log in Madre de Dios, Peru. ITTO is building capacity in its producer member countries to collect and analyze forest data. Photo: CNF/ITTO project PD 621/11 Rev.3 (M)

ITTO has released time-series data for 83 countries, including all ITTO producer and consumer member countries, on the production and trade of 16 primary timber products, such as logs, sawnwood, veneer and plywood. The data, for the period 1990–2016, are available in ITTO’s online statistical database.

Analyzing zero-deforestation initiatives

Two contributions from ITTO feature in the latest edition of ETFRN News, the newsletter of the European Tropical Forest Research Network, on the general theme of zero deforestation. In one article, Tim Cadman, ITTO projects manager Hwan OK Ma and others report on the comparative evaluation of zero deforestation and governance. In a second article, ITTO Executive Director Dr Gerhard Dieterle discusses wood-based incentive mechanisms for green growth.

Indonesia’s plan for 1000 bamboo villages

Indonesia’s plan to “green” its economy is getting a boost by the creation of 1000 bamboo villages through ITTO project PD 600/11 Rev.1 (I), which is building capacity for the sustainable use of bamboo and the restoration of degraded lands suitable for bamboo production. The output of the 1000 villages will produce sustainable raw materials for the thriving bamboo industry, supplying the garment, pulp and paper, and flooring markets while also improving the livelihoods of local communities. Watch this new video to learn more.

Workshop participants call for update of African guidelines

Participants at the Second Regional Workshop on the ITTO Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests, held on 8–12 May 2017 in Cotonou, Benin, agreed there was a need to revise the ATO/ITTO Principles, Criteria and Indicators for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests in Africa. The workshop, which was convened in collaboration with Benin’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and General Directorate of Forestry, was attended by 33 practitioners and policymakers from ITTO member countries in Africa.

Native community timber tracking systems in Peru

Native communities and small and medium forest enterprises (SMEs) operating in the Peruvian Amazon departments of Madre de Dios and Ucayali are aware of the need to demonstrate the legal origin of their timber as part of market requirements and to comply with the recently approved Peruvian forest law. The ITTO funded project PD 621/11 Rev.3 (M), implemented by the Peruvian National Chamber of Forestry, has developed a timber tracking system which is now being used by SMEs and native communities in these regions. To learn more watch the following video that illustrates how timber tracking is being applied and its impacts on SFM.

New field-level technique available for identifying timber species

Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been applied successfully to wood identification and verification of origin by the Forest Products Laboratory (LPF) of the Brazilian Forest Service, thanks to support from the ITTO–CITES Programme for Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Tree Species.

NIRS wood identification is now available for 16 endangered tropical tree species, and wood identification and origin verification have been applied to mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla). NIRS is an accurate, practical and rapid method for identifying timber in the field and at checkpoints along the timber supply chain, thus facilitating the enforcement of CITES regulations and improving market transparency. Watch this new video from the LPF to learn more.