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Video raises awareness of threat to afrormosia in Ghana

A video documentary on the decline of the valuable timber species Pericopsis elata—best known by its trade name afrormosia—in Ghana is raising awareness of the plight of the species and prompting conservation action. According to the video, which was produced as part of an ITTO project, P. elata is moving towards local extinction in the country.

Supporting community forest management in the Brazilian Amazon

ITTO has long encouraged sustainable community forest management as a core part of its work. A good example of its support features in a new video in Portuguese, “Community forest management: a sustainable alternative for the Maués State Forest”, produced by ITTO project PD 454/07 Rev.3 (F). The project is helping 19 local communities in the Maués State Forest in the Brazilian Amazon to implement good forest management by strengthening community organization, building capacity in the preparation of sound forest management plans, and improving skills in running community forest enterprises.

Holding the ground on mangroves

Mangroves are among the Earth’s most productive ecosystems and they produce many goods and environmental services. When sustainably managed, they can support the livelihoods of millions of coastal people while storing globally significant quantities of carbon and reducing the vulnerability of coastal regions to storm surges and other threats.

The area of mangrove forests is decreasing in many tropical countries, however, due to poor management and increasing demand for coastal lands for development. A high priority for the global community, therefore, is arresting mangrove loss and restoring degraded mangrove ecosystems.

ITTO strengthens cooperation with China on sustainable tropical timber

ITTO and the Government of China will strengthen their cooperation on the sustainable management, use and trade of tropical forest resources and enabling South–South cooperation. The commitment was made at a meeting between ITTO’s Executive Director, Dr Gerhard Dieterle, and the Minister for the State Forestry Administration, Mr Zhang Jianlong, during a recent visit to China by Dr Dieterle.

ITTO releases latest Biennial Review of the World Timber Situation

ITTO has released the Biennial Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation 2015–2016, giving insights into developments and trends in the global timber sector and international timber markets. The Review reports on production, trade and prices for primary wood products (industrial roundwood, sawnwood, veneer and plywood); trade and prices for secondary processed wood products (SPWPs); major traded tropical wood species; and directions of trade for primary tropical wood products. Data from the Review are included in the ITTO’s online statistical database, updating it for the period 1990–2016 and making it a formidable tool for analyzing the evolution of, and long-term trends in, the trade of tropical timber and primary tropical timber products, as well as important shifts in timber production and further processing.

The latest edition of the Review features a comprehensive case study on the plywood industry in China, which has become one of the world’s biggest plywood producers. The case study describes the impacts of China in the supply of raw materials globally, as well as improvements in the efficiency of plywood production and domestic shifts in plywood end uses.

ITTO and JICA strengthen collaboration on tropical forests

ITTO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have agreed to increase their collaboration on the conservation of tropical forests worldwide through specific collaborative activities in the remainder of 2017 and in 2018. Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO Executive Director, and Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General of JICA’s Global Environment Department, signed the agreement on joint activities on 27 July 2017 under a previously established cooperation framework.


Conference on Fire Prediction Across Scales
23–25 October 2017, New York, NY, USA
Conference on Fire Prediction Across Scales
23–25 October 2017, New York, NY, USA
17th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)
24–27 October 2017, Douala, Cameroon
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
23–27 October 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka
4th APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry
30 October–1 November 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Global Timber Conference 2017
6–8 November 2017, Kuchin, Sarawak, Malaysia