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Earning more from forests

Workers put the finishing touches on a bamboo chair as part of value-added training in Peru. Photo: J. Takahashi

Workers put the finishing touches on a bamboo chair as part of value-added training in Peru. Photo: J. Takahashi

Many people make a good living by harvesting and processing timber and non-timber forest products, but a great many more are poor. A key task for forest policymakers, foresters and extension agencies is to enable forest-dwelling people to earn more from forests.

ITTO releases an on-line project search tool; making knowledge available with a few clicks!

ITTO has just released an on-line project search tool, in order to further disseminate, capitalize and enhance the knowledge it has gained through the implementation of field projects in sustainable forest management (SFM) since it began operations in 1986. This information is now available at your fingertips on the ITTO homepage, with just a few clicks away.

New Fellowship Network

ITTO has launched its Fellowship Network website, based on social media platform at

Report on Environmental Product Declaration on meranti plywood in Indonesia and Malaysia

This report on the environmental product declaration (EPD) study on meranti plywood in Indonesia and Malaysia is an outcome of an activity under the ITTO Biennial Work Programme for the years 2013-2014 which was carried out in response to the latest international timber markets’ requirements on environmentally responsible construction materials. The other EPD studies on khaya timber in Ghana and ipe decking in Brazil are still in progress, and the reports of these two studies would be made available in due course.

Paying our dues

People are accustomed to benefiting from tropical forest environmental services for free or at minimal cost. We use the clean water tropical forests deliver, take for granted their function in absorbing and storing carbon, and exploit their biodiversity in agriculture, the pharmaceuticals industry and forestry.

ITTO and FAO launch a policy brief “Rewarding the service providers”

A policy brief entitled “Rewarding the service providers” was launched on 23 June 2014 by ITTO and FAO during a side event on payments for environmental services (PES) of forests at the 22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO).


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

Upcoming Events


ITTO side events at IUFRO 2014 World Congress
9 October, 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
ITTO side events at CBD COP 12
5-16 October, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
50th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees
3-8 November, 2014, Yokohama, Japan
ITTO side event at IUCN World Parks Congress
18 November 2014, Sydney, Australia


Timber Expo
7-8 October, 2014, NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom
Congo Basin Forests Partnership Anchor Conference
8-9 October 2014, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
6th National Forestry Symposium of Colombia
9-10 October 2014, Medellin, Colombia
International Softwood Conference 2014
16-18 October 2014, Berlin, Germany
Sustainability Science Congress
22-24 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
VI Latin American Forest Congress “Latin America in harmony with the sustainability of the forest resources and the environment”
20-24 October 2014, Michoacan, Mexico