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Towards greater transparency in the tropical timber markets

The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.



1-15 June 2009

Top story

Mega operation started to combat illegal logging

Gazeta do Povo reported that a mega operation to combat environmental crime is being carried out in over 145 areas of the Southern region of Paraná state. The operation, ‘Angustifolia’, named after the Paraná pines (Araucaria angustifolia) in the region, focuses on 14 towns and involves 223 Federal Police inspectors from six Brazilian states, the Brazilian Institute for Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), the Paraná Environmental Institute (IAP) and the Military Police’s Green Task Force.

Peru’s indigenous population continues battle for land rights 

Various news sources reported on the upswing in violence over community lands in the Amazon, stemming from a conflict over laws that threaten community rights. Civil society organizations in Peru have signed a petition addressed to the Government of Peru and the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Amazon (AIDESEP), which rejects the current military repression as a means to end conflict over land rights.

Also in this issue

  • West Africa receives few inquiries ahead of summer holidays
  • Ghana’s Forestry Commission lauds modified forest system
  • Malaysia timber product prices remain weak
  • No upturn seen in Indonesian furniture exports
  • World Environment Day held in Myanmar
  • Sao Paulo to export rubberwood furniture
  • Peru’s wood exports drop nearly 46%
  • Southsea log imports to Japan plummet 40%
  • Guangxi’s forest products industry booms despite economic gloom
  • Forward buying and consumption low in Europe


Data snapshot



According to the Export Association of Peru (ADEX), Peru’s wood exports from January – March 2009 were USD31.7 million, a drop of nearly 46% from the same period in 2008. In the January – March 2009 period, the three main wood export destination markets were China, Mexico and the US, which collectively received 78.5% of wood sector exports.

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