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ITTO and FAO highlight vast potential of payments for environmental services for conservation of tropical forests

Area subject to payment for environmental services, Sarapique, Costa Rica. Photo: S. Johnson, ITTO

Area subject to payment for environmental services, Sarapique, Costa Rica. Photo: S. Johnson, ITTO

Payments for environmental services (PES), especially in tropical regions, should be recognised as an important tool for conservation and sustainable use of forests and other natural resources and better incorporated into national policies, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said.

Forum to promote payments for environmental services kicks off in Costa Rica

ITTO Executive Director Emmanuel ZeMeka opening the Forum. Photo: H.O. Ma/ITTO

ITTO Executive Director Emmanuel ZeMeka opening the Forum. Photo: H.O. Ma/ITTO

Nearly 150 participants from about 60 countries are gathered here this week to discuss the contribution of payments for environmental services (PES) to the sustainable management of tropical forests.

ITTO participates in the “Human-Earth Exhibition”

ITTO actively participated in the “Human-Earth Exhibition” convened in Yokohama, Japan from 25 to 31 March, 2014. The Exhibition was organized by Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and supported by major local media organizations. The objective of the Exhibition was to raise awareness among the citizens of Yokohama on global environmental issues, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, shortage of quality water, food security, as well as tropical deforestation and forest degradation.

ITTO promotes C&I in Benin & Mali

Nearly 40 participants from Benin and Mali gathered from 27-30 March in Cotonou, Benin for an ITTO sponsored training workshop on Criteria and Indicators (C&I) for Sustainable Tropical Forest Management (SFM). ITTO was pioneer in the development of C&I in the early 1990s and has been a leader in promoting their utilization for monitoring and reporting on forests throughout the tropics.

Indicating progress

The founders of ITTO faced a challenge shortly after establishing the Organization in the 1980s. They had negotiated a far-reaching international accord to promote sustainable forest management (SFM) in the tropics, developed guidelines for SFM, and undertaken a ground-breaking study that determined tropical SFM was almost non-existent.

International Day of Forests 2014

From time immemorial, forests and trees have been associated with human development, through the provision of various goods and services. A significant part of the world’s population continues to be fully dependent on forests for their livelihoods, in particular for shelter, food, woodfuel and medicine.