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News release

Costa Rica becomes the 67th ITTO member

6 November 2013

The Government of Costa Rica acceded to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 on 1 November 2013 becoming the Sixty-seventh Party to the Agreement, in accordance with its Article 39 (4).
 
Costa Rica has a forest area of 2.6 million hectares*, which represent almost 51% of its territory. 623 000 ha of the total forest area is considered primary forest. Costa Rica has increased its forest area since the year 2000 due to natural regeneration processes and plantation establishment. The country is a relatively small exporter of tropical timber products, led by a growing trade in plantation-grown teak logs. Costa Rica is an acknowledged leader in the field of developing markets for ecosystem services from its tropical forests.
 
ITTO will work with the government of Costa Rica, FAO and other partners to host an international forum on payments for environmental services from tropical forests in San Jose from 8-11 April 2014 (more details will be available on www.itto.int soon).
 
*Figures according to Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) http://www.fao.org/forestry/fra/fra2010/en/