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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 October 2009

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ITTO at World Forestry Congress


The 13th World Forestry Congress will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 18 to October 23, 2009. This event is organized by FAO and the government of the Argentine Republic. 

 The purpose of the event is to diagnose the general situation of the forests and forestry sector, so as to recognize trends, adapt policies and raise awareness among the groups involved and interested in the forestry sector. 

ITTO is an active participant at the Congress and will be hosting two events, one with the theme of “Ensuring International Trade in CITES-listed Timber Species is Consistent with Their Sustainable Management and Conservation”. This will be held on the 19th of October. 

The second event, “Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Tropics” will provide an opportunity for participants to assess three selected ITTO funded projects and is scheduled for the 21st October.

Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO’s Executive Director (pictured below), will be urging more effective and focused international action on tropical forests at the Congress. 


In his words: “The world needs more effective and focused international action on tropical forests. That will help reduce poverty, protect biodiversity and also mitigate the effects of climate change.”


Also in this issue

  • Underwater logging in Volta Lake

  • Prices of rubberwood up in Malaysia

  • Padang earthquake cripples rubberwood industry

  • New grades and prices for Pyinkado

  • Mandatory species indemnification in Brazil

  • Japan’s Life Cycle Carbon Minus house design 

  • China sets up Forest Certification Centre 

  • Construction outlook in the US and EU
  • Removing illegal wood from trade

  • Phase 3 Lacey Act enforced


Data snapshot

The types of furniture imported by the EU27 from developing countries in 2007 are shown below. Furniture parts and the category ‘others’ account for around a third of imports with seating (upholstered and non-upholstered) accounting for another third. bedroom and kitchen furniture imports from developing countries are currently small.


Source: CBI 2007


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