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New timber trade portal launched

With support from ITTO as part of its Biennial Work Programme, the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) has launched a one-stop, online information platform designed to enhance and facilitate legal trade in (mainly tropical) timber. The Timber Trade Portal provides international timber traders and other users with information on the forest industry and legality requirements in timber-producing countries. This is the first time that information on the tropical timber trade has been organized and centralized at such a large scale, and the expectation is that it will result in more transparency in the timber supply chain.

ITTO launches website on lesser-used tropical timber species

The tropicaltimber.info interface.

The tropicaltimber.info interface.

ITTO recently launched a website dedicated to expanding the use of lesser-used tropical timber species. The aim of tropicaltimber.info is to facilitate access to existing technical information on species’ availability, wood properties, uses and processing into value-added wood products. The website is targeted at timber businesses and consumers worldwide.

Forests rise to the top

Just before this edition of the Tropical Forest Update went to print, a historic agreement on climate change was struck in France, and forests are now at the very top of the global environmental agenda. In the Paris Agreement, almost all the countries of the world agree to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

New publications released on solid woodflooring

The National Hardwood Flooring Association of Brazil (ANPM) recently released four publications on solid woodflooring from tropical timber species as part of the ITTO-funded project PD 433/06 Rev.3 (I) “Sustainable model for the Brazilian wood flooring production chain”. The publications are:
• Woodflooring: Brazilian species characteristics,
• Management of wood residues in the Brazilian wood flooring industry,
• Woodflooring quality certification programme,
• Guide for woodflooring installation.

Assessing ITTO forest restoration guidelines at Global Landscapes Forum

Case studies assessing the ITTO Guidelines for the Restoration, Management and Rehabilitation of Degraded Secondary Tropical Forests were featured in a knowledge-sharing session held as part of the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum on 6 December 2015 in Paris, France. The purpose of the session was to increase understanding of the factors to be taken into account in successful forest and landscape restoration and management.

Community forestry important for REDD+, say speakers at UNFCCC side-event

Community forestry is an essential approach for countries wanting to include REDD+ in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), according to speakers at a side-event co-hosted by ITTO at the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The side-event, titled “REDD+ within the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions: governance lessons learnt from community forest management in tropics”, was held in Paris, France, on 1 December 2015.