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ITTO releases latest Biennial Review of the World Timber Situation

ITTO has released the Biennial Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation 2015–2016, giving insights into developments and trends in the global timber sector and international timber markets. The Review reports on production, trade and prices for primary wood products (industrial roundwood, sawnwood, veneer and plywood); trade and prices for secondary processed wood products (SPWPs); major traded tropical wood species; and directions of trade for primary tropical wood products. Data from the Review are included in the ITTO’s online statistical database, updating it for the period 1990–2016 and making it a formidable tool for analyzing the evolution of, and long-term trends in, the trade of tropical timber and primary tropical timber products, as well as important shifts in timber production and further processing.

The latest edition of the Review features a comprehensive case study on the plywood industry in China, which has become one of the world’s biggest plywood producers. The case study describes the impacts of China in the supply of raw materials globally, as well as improvements in the efficiency of plywood production and domestic shifts in plywood end uses.

ITTO and JICA strengthen collaboration on tropical forests

Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO’s Executive Director (left), and Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General, Global Environment Department, JICA. Photo: H.O. Ma/ITTO

Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO’s Executive Director (left), and Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General, Global Environment Department, JICA. Photo: H.O. Ma/ITTO

ITTO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have agreed to increase their collaboration on the conservation of tropical forests worldwide through specific collaborative activities in the remainder of 2017 and in 2018. Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO Executive Director, and Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General of JICA’s Global Environment Department, signed the agreement on joint activities on 27 July 2017 under a previously established cooperation framework.

New global teak study released

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) recently published an ITTO-commissioned global study on teak, one of the world’s most valuable tropical hardwoods.

Teak timber is highly sought-after in global markets for its beauty, strength, stability and durability in a wide range of applications, from furniture, to interior joinery, to cultural uses. Recognizing the importance of teak, ITTO commissioned experts from IUFRO, FAO and TEAKNET to conduct a global study of best practices in the conservation of teak genetic resources and the sustainable management of teak forests in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

All is not lost

Despite the best efforts of many, tropical forests continue to be cleared (although there are signs that the rate of loss is decreasing). Inevitably, this means lost biodiversity, the emission of previously stored greenhouse gases, and the diminution of many ecosystem services. Nevertheless, there is cause for hope. In this edition of the TFU, ITTO’s new Executive Director, Dr Gerhard Dieterle, speaks about the potential of forests to address global challenges, and ITTO’s role in this.

Videos of mangrove presentations now available

ITTO has released videos of three keynote presentations delivered at the International Conference on Sustainable Mangrove Ecosystems held in Bali, Indonesia, on 18–21 April 2017.

Time-series data on tropical timber released

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.