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International workshop on green timber supply chains opens in China

Dr Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO Executive Director, speaks at the International Workshop on Global Green Supply Chain of Forest Products. Photo: R. Carrillo/ITTO

Dr Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO Executive Director, speaks at the International Workshop on Global Green Supply Chain of Forest Products. Photo: R. Carrillo/ITTO

The International Workshop on Global Green Supply Chain of Forest Products and Dialogue with Chinese Leading Timber Enterprises opened in Beijing, China, on 21 June 2018 with the aim of establishing and promoting green timber supply chains.

In his opening address, ITTO Executive Director Gerhard Dieterle said that the workshop is central to ITTO’s mandate to promote the expansion of international tropical timber trade from legal and sustainable sources. Dr Dieterle said that Chinese manufacturers of timber products are placed right in the middle of the tropical timber supply chain, from production, through processing to the marketing of finished wood products in international markets. They face challenges, therefore, but also have the opportunity to be major drivers of sustainable forest management through green supply chains.

Video shows launch of community bamboo treatment facility in Indonesia

A new project video is now available showing the opening of a new bamboo treatment facility in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. The facility, which opened on 22 March 2018, is helping local communities boost incomes by increasing the longevity of their bamboo products and thereby adding value to them through the application of an environmentally friendly preservation technique called 'ECOSOTE'. The production of treated bamboo is opening new markets and supporting the development of a sustainable bamboo industry in the region. The treatment facility is an output of ITTO project PD 600/11 Rev.1 (I): “Model capacity building for efficient and sustainable utilization of bamboo resources in Indonesia”.

Strengthening the governance of community forests in Indonesia by increasing administrative capacity

Community forestry is booming in Indonesia, smallholder farmers are responsible for an increasing proportion of the timber supply particularly in the provinces of Java and Nusa Tenggara. Forest-growing has the potential to significantly boost incomes for these farmers, but bureaucratic procedures can be a major obstacle. The Government of Indonesia, with assistance from an ITTO project, has streamlined the paperwork to make it easier for smallholders to legally harvest, transport and sell their timber, helping to stimulate the forest industry and increase the benefits for local communities and for the environment. Watch this new project video to learn more.

Capacity building crucial for success of transboundary conservation areas—report

Massive efforts are needed to build the capacity of stakeholders involved in transboundary conservation areas (TBCAs), according to a report of a regional workshop on TBCAs in Asia and the Pacific held in March this year.

Putting the pieces together

Sustainable forestry has much to offer at all scales, from the household to the planetary. Certain non-renewable resources will become scarcer in coming decades, but the demand for materials is likely to continue to escalate. There could be a resources crunch—but forestry can help avert this while also providing crucial environmental services.

In this edition, ITTO Executive Director Dr Gerhard Dieterle (page 3) sets out his argument for viewing forest products in the same way as food—that is, as essential commodities. The world is going to need a greatly increased supply of forest products in coming decades, including as substitutes for non-renewable materials and fossil energy. Dr Dieterle believes this need can be harnessed by demand-side measures to incentivize forest producers to manage their forests sustainably. ITTO is well placed, he says, to assist its member countries in this, given its broad experience in field projects and its long-running role in policy development.

Pulong Tau buffer zone: ecosystem, biodiversity and people a new ITTO project publication

This technical report describes the results of several studies conducted under ITTO project PD 635/12 Rev.2 (F): “Buffer zone management for Pulong Tau National Park with involvement of local communities in Sarawak, Malaysia”. The project demonstrated the crucial role that buffer zones can play in providing additional safeguards for core protected areas and securing a resource base for local community use. In this approach the project complemented previous projects in Sarawak focused on biodiversity conservation and livelihood enhancement inside protected areas. The project is the culmination of a long and fruitful collaboration on forestry and biodiversity conservation between Sarawak and ITTO which started in the late 1980s, and this report will further contribute to dialogue on the roles of sustainably managed buffer zones in safeguarding unique protected forest landscapes in the tropics.