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Japan funds US$1.4 million project to stimulate intra-African timber trade and sustainable management of African forests

Sawn timber ready for the export market. Even though many African countries have a wealth of forest resources, the region imports timber and timber products. Photo: ITTO

Sawn timber ready for the export market. Even though many African countries have a wealth of forest resources, the region imports timber and timber products. Photo: ITTO

A new US$1.4 million ITTO project funded by the Government of Japan aims to promote socio-economic development and sustainable management of African forests through value-addition, expanded further processing and intra-African trade in tropical timber and timber products.

Better management of agarwood

Agarwood chip production by a local community industry in Upper Assam, India. Photo: Assam Agarwood Association

Agarwood chip production by a local community industry in Upper Assam, India. Photo: Assam Agarwood Association

ITTO and CITES have released the report of the Asian regional workshop on the management of wild and planted agarwood taxa, held in January 2015. The workshop comes in response to CITES Decision 15.95 revised at its 16th Conference of the Parties in order to identify strategies to balance the conservation and use of wild agarwood populations, while relieving pressure on these by using planted material.

International partners increase availability of forest products information and improve reliability of tropical timber statistics

The Intersecretariat Working Group on Forest Sector Statistics (IWG) concluded its 28th meeting yesterday [29 January 2015] at the ITTO Headquarters in Yokohama (Japan).

Sustaining agarwood

Forty participants from 15 countries assembled on 19–23 January in Guwahati, India, for an international workshop to share experiences on the conservation and sustainable trade of agarwood.

Going downstream

Over the years, ITTO has funded many projects and activities aimed at supporting the development of sustainable, value-added timber-based industries in tropical countries. The establishment of local timber-processing (“downstream”) industries can benefit countries in many ways, such as by providing employment, contributing to government revenues and encouraging sustainable forest management and the development of timber plantations. In this edition of the Tropical Forest Update, we examine some of ITTO’s efforts to assist its member countries in going downstream.

25th anniversary of the ITTO Fellowship Programme

During the 50th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) which took place on 3-8 November 2014 in Yokohama, Japan, the ITTO Fellowship Programme[1] celebrated its 25th anniversary and awarded 23 new fellowships valued at US$150,780.00. Three former fellows were also invited to present their success stories during the Opening Session of the ITTC-50.