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ITTO project aims at promoting SFM through REDD+ in Cambodia

ITTO Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka delivers his opening remarks at the launch of the REDD+ project in Cambodia, which was also attended by HE Dr Ouk Rabun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dr Chheng Kimsun, the Head of the Forestry Administration, and other Cambodian officials and stakeholders. Photo: Cambodia FA

ITTO Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka delivers his opening remarks at the launch of the REDD+ project in Cambodia, which was also attended by HE Dr Ouk Rabun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dr Chheng Kimsun, the Head of the Forestry Administration, and other Cambodian officials and stakeholders. Photo: Cambodia FA

An ITTO project launched earlier this month aims at promoting research, development and training in carbon stock assessment to improve the management of tropical forests in Cambodia under REDD+ mechanisms.

New video released on master plan for sustainable management of the Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve

Video screenshot of the tropical mangrove ecosystem found in Cameroon. Photo: Cam-Eco

Video screenshot of the tropical mangrove ecosystem found in Cameroon. Photo: Cam-Eco

Mangroves are crucial ecosystems; not only are they viable sources of timber, they also protect shorelines from erosion and stabilize estuarine areas. However, in many tropical areas where mangroves are present, a high demand for timber and inappropriate extraction techniques result in destruction and degradation of mangrove ecosystems as well as associated watersheds. Such is the case in the Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve (RFDE) in Cameroon. In this particular area, inappropriate uses such as slash-and-burn farming practices, harvesting of fuelwood and production of charcoal, and overexploitation of non-timber products were employed. The non-governmental organization Cameroon-Ecology (Cam-Eco) has released a video in French which demonstrates and summarizes the steps that have been taken under an ITTO project towards sustainable use of the tropical mangrove ecosystem in these areas.

ITTO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) extend collaborative efforts to 2020 and beyond

An agreement extending collaboration between ITTO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was signed by Mr. Emmanuel Ze Meka, the Executive Director of ITTO and Mr. Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General of JICA, on 30th of June 2015 at ITTO headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.

New ITTO project video demonstrates implementation of a comprehensive electronic forest information system in Guatemala

Determining the legality of forest products and implementing monitoring mechanisms that promote legal forest practices has been a challenge for many tropical timber producing countries, such as Guatemala. The National Forest Institute (INAB) of Guatemala has recently released a video showcasing the Electronic Forest Enterprises Information System (SEINEF), being implemented through the ITTO project TMT-PD004/11 Rev.2 (M). SEINEF is a traceability system for registering, monitoring and controlling the flow of forest products through companies that are legally established and registered in the country.

International symposium on illegal logging closes with call for consumers and producers to use legal timber

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) co-organized an International Symposium to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade with the “Committee for Wood Utilization Caravan to Bridge Forest and City of Japan” at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan on the 12 June 2015.

New Fellowships

Twenty eight fellowships were awarded by the International Tropical Organization in the 2015 Spring Cycle. The newest group of fellows represent 15 different countries and includes 14 female fellows. The total amount of the fellowships was US$150,000.

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There are currently no vacancies at the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

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