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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.



16-31 May 2011

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"Crisis Cabinet" to combat deforestation

The Brazilian government has established a "Crisis Cabinet" to expand operations to combat deforestation. New data shows that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased. Between August 2010 and April 2011 an area 1,849 sq. km was reported as deforested.

Increases in production of soybeans and corn due to high international prices have encouraged producers to clear more forest. Also, anticipated changes in the Brazilian Forest Code are said to be behind the rise in forest clearance..


Also in this issue

  • EU markets yet to face up to the higher W. African sawnwood  prices
  • Ghana’s exports to African countries continue to grow

  • New ‘green’ material for industrial  applications
  • Growing furniture exports from Brazil to Argentina
  • Japan drafts new design standard for public wooden  buildings
  • EU market for tropical hardwood lumber subdued but stable
  • Robust timber demand in Central Europe
  • US finds evidence of dumping by Chinese flooring suppliers

Data Snapshot

Relative real adjusted gross disposable income of households per capita


Income disparities in the EU

A group of 9 EU countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic ) with the lowest real household income per capita, covering about one fifth of the total EU population, recorded income per capita 55 % below the EU average.

There are also considerable income inequalities within EU countries. The total disposable income of the fifth of the population with the highest incomes in their country of residence was about 5 times higher than the income of the fifth of the population with the lowest incomes.

These figure represents the average of the national indicators for EU member states. Amongst the group of countries with the lowest household per capita incomes the lowest income inequalities were found in Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The highest inequalities were recorded in Latvia, Romania and Lithuania.
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Statistics in focus 16/2011

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