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Managing tropical forest biodiversity across international borders

Mr Chheang Dany, Cambodian Forest Administration, delivers his presentation at the ITTO-CBD-BirdLife International side-event at CBD COP13. Photo: S. Lim

Mr Chheang Dany, Cambodian Forest Administration, delivers his presentation at the ITTO-CBD-BirdLife International side-event at CBD COP13. Photo: S. Lim

An ecoregional approach within an international framework can effectively conserve forests and forest biodiversity in transboundary areas, according to conservation projects showcased at the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underway in Cancun, Mexico.

Coastal forest services more valuable than cattle, concludes ITTO study

A report published recently by ITTO project RED-PD 045/11 Rev.2 (M) concludes that, if all the ecosystem services provided by flooded forests and wetlands in Veracruz, Mexico, are taken into account, these ecosystems are vastly more valuable than the grazing land that often replaces them.

REDD+ capacity building essential for implementing Paris Agreement, say experts

Speakers at an ITTO side-event say it is time to scale up resources and south–south cooperation to ensure countries have the capacity to use comparable methodologies in the measurement, reporting and verification phase of REDD+. The side-event was held on 17 November in Marrakech, Morocco, at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Gerhard Dieterle elected as ITTO’s next Executive Director

ITTO’s governing body, the International Tropical Timber Council, elected Gerhard Dieterle as ITTO’s new Executive Director by consensus at its 52nd session in Yokohama on 12 November 2016. Dr Dieterle won the position from a strong field of six candidates and after deliberations on the matter at two previous Council sessions.

New Fellowships awarded at the 52nd Session of the ITTC

Eleven fellowships were awarded by the International Tropical Organization at the 52nd Session of International Tropical Timber Council. The newest group of fellows represents 9 different producer member countries and includes 5 female fellows. The total amount of the fellowships was US$58,724.71.

USA pledges new funds

In what was called “a show of confidence for the technical and administrative abilities of ITTO, the importance of its Biennial Work Programme, and global priorities such as agroforestry, gender capacity, and forest landscape restoration,” the USA has announced a new financial contribution to ITTO of US$864 000 for various projects and activities. The pledge was made at the 52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council, which is taking place in Yokohama from 7 to 12 November 2016.