Project portfolio

The following is a list of ITTO projects in the field of community forestry initiated since 1999. All budget amounts are in US dollars. For a complete list of all operational and completed projects financed by ITTO, please refer to the ITTO Annual Report.

In the project numbers given below, 'PD' denotes project and 'PPD' denotes pre-project. The suffix 'F' denotes Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management, 'M' the Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, and 'I' the Committee on Forest Industry.

Promotion of Sustainable Management of African Forests

Project number :  PD 124/01 Rev.2 (M), Phase II Stage 1
Project country :  African Timber Organization (ATO) and ITTO
budget :  ITTO: $320,000
ATO: $40,000
Total: $360,000
Submitted by :  ITTO Secretariat
Implementing agencies :  African Timber Organization (ATO) and ITTO
Financed at session No :  42

Summary

This project was formulated pursuant to ITTC Decision 4(XXIX) in order to develop a framework of cooperation between ITTO and ATO for the promotion and application of ATO/ITTO principles, criteria and indicators (PCI) for the sustainable management of African forests, which could eventually lead to credible assessment and certification systems. The specific objectives of the project are to establish key elements of adequate capacity:

(i) to implement ATO/ITTO PCI at national level in the African Member countries of ITTO.
(ii) for effective regional-level cooperation through the ATO to support individual Member countries to implement the ATO/ITTO PCI.

Under Phase I of the project, the draft ATO/ITTO PCI were drafted for endorsement by both organizations and some 160 relevant forestry staff in 7 countries were trained in their implementation. An auditing framework for African forests was also developed. More than 100 trainers were trained to conduct audits based on the ATO/ITTO PCI at the forest management unit level. National PCI/certification standards were developed in 5 countries, collection of data on PCI was undertaken in 9 countries, improvement of national monitoring/auditing frameworks commenced in all 10 African producer countries, and ATO’s advisory and dissemination capacity in relation to PCI was enhanced.

Phase II Stage 1 is now on-going and will continue efforts to extend all of these activities to all ITTO producer members in Africa. Phase II Stage 2 and Phase III, if funded and implemented, will result in all 10 countries having nationally agreed and internationally accepted C&I/auditing frameworks which will serve as the basis for independent certification for countries desiring or requiring this.


To develop and promote a monitoring information system to support the sustainable development of tree resources outside forests at the sub-district level in Thailand

Project number :  PD 376/05 Rev.2 (F,M)
Project country :  Thailand
budget :  ITTO: $462,645
Government of Thailand: $255,842
Total: $718,487
Submitted by :  Government of Thailand
Implementing agencies :  National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department of Thailand
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Australia, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  40

Summary

The benefits of Tree Resources outside Forest (TROF) are not sustainable in Thailand due to several causes including unknown quantity and dynamics of TROF, increasing and uncontrolled harvesting of TROF, encroachment, illegal logging and uncontrolled harvesting of non-timber forest products in the natural forests. If these issues are not addressed, the TROF cover and diversity and forest cover in forest lands will continue to decline and reduce benefits of TROF and natural resources which eventually may result in overall decline in the timber economy and livelihoods of the rural people.

This project aims at contributing to the sustainable development of TROF to provide maximum socio-economic and cultural benefits to the rural people of Thailand. Its specific objective is to develop and promote procedures to establish current and easily accessible baseline inventory and monitoring information on TROF cover, diversity and abundance, to support national policy decisions on TROF sustainable management and land use and economic development planning at the sub-district level.

The expected main outputs of the project are:

· TROF uses and formation defined;
· TROF inventory and monitoring information system developed; and
· TROF inventory and monitoring information and sustainable management promoted.

Multispectral three-dimensional aerial digital imagery for monitoring forest management and conservation in the Republic of Congo

Project number :  PD 360/05 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $610,000
Government of Rep. of Congo: $411,346
Winrock International: $154,500
Total: $1,175,846
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  Winrock International in Collaboration with Centre National d'inventaires et d'aménagement des Ressources Forestières et Fauniques and the Wildlife Conservation Society
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, France, Norway (revised budget approved at this session, funding pledged at 39th session)
Financed at session No :  40

Summary

The Republic of Congo presently lacks a transparent system for monitoring forest management and harvest at the national and Forest Management Unit (FMU) level. The proposed project will complement project PD 176/02 Rev.1 (F), implemented by GFW/WRI and CNIAF to use GIS and remote sensing techniques to support uniform enforcement of forestry legislation throughout the country, by creating a system of high resolution, aerial digital imagery for forest management, planning and audit and by providing greatly improved data on a region in the southwest of the country where continuous cloud cover prevents effective remote sensing via satellite. Furthermore, the proposed project will build on an ITTO-funded project PD 272/04 Rev.2 (F) in which the Direction Générale de l'Economie Forestière is developing national criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of Congo forests based on ITTO criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. The high-resolution imagery that will result from this project can be combined with criteria and indicators derived through the DGEF effort to create a system for cost-effective monitoring and evaluation of sustainable forest management in the country.

The project aims at contributing that the Congolese export timber resources provide sustainable income through improved access to markets concerned with raw material originating from sustainable forest management. Specifically, it intends to make available a transparent forest monitoring system for the sustainable management of Congo forests at the national and Forest Management Unit levels.

Main expected outputs are:

· High-resolution aerial digital imagery over south-western Congo forests and concessions captured;
· Digital images for tactical planning in forest management planning, comparison of planned and actual harvest rates and forest charges valuation processed and interpreted;
· Methodology for use by stakeholders in biodiversity monitoring and habitat assessment developed and evaluated;
· Timber volumes using digital 3D imagery to monitor legal logging volumes, detect illegal logging and providing a transparent basis for revenue assessment measured;
· Biomass and carbon stocks in a pilot area using digital 3D imagery determined by the Project Steering Committee measured; and
· Training in all aspects of image capture, processing and interpretation is provided to national authorities.


Promotion of sustainable management of African forests

Project number :  PD 124/01 Rev.2 (M), Phase I, Stage 2
Project country :  Africa
budget :  ITTO: $634,983
ATO*: $172,750
Total: $807,733
Submitted by : 
Implementing agencies :  *African Timber Organization and ITTO
ITTO funding sources :  Unearmarked funds of the Special Account
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

The first stage of Phase I of this project finalised the draft ATO/ITTO Principles, criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of natural tropical forests (PCI) for endorsement of both organisations, trained 60 relevant forestry staff in three countries in their implementation, and developed an auditing framework for African forests. Over 60 trainers able to conduct audits based on the ATO/ITTO PCI at the forest management unit level were also trained in the first stage. This second stage will include activities to strengthen country reporting using the PCI, further national training on the PCI and auditing framework, development of national PCI/certification standards in five countries, the collection of data on PCI in ten countries, improvement of national monitoring/auditing frameworks in ten countries, and enhancement of ATO's advisory and dissemination capacity in relation to PCI.


Development of national principles, criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of Congo forest based on the ITTO criteria and indicators for SFM

Project number :  PD 272/04 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $447,702
Government of Congo: $96,504
Total: $544,206
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  General Directorate for the Forest Economy Direction (Direction Générale de l'Economie Forestière – DGEF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Bali Partnership Fund (Sub-account A), USA
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This project will assess and promote sustainable forest management in Congolese forests. It will develop a set of national criteria and indicators (C&I) adapted to Congo's specific conditions based on ITTO's C&I in order to assess the progress towards SFM at both the national and forest management unit levels. It will also develop national expertise in SFM auditing procedures through training.


Criteria and indicators for the evaluation of tropical forest management sustainability in Mexico (Southeastern Coastal Plains: Gulf of Mexico and Yucatan Peninsula)

Project number :  PD 351/05 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Mexico
budget :  ITTO: $514,653
INIFAP-CONAFOR/Gobierno Anfitrión: $181,572
Total: $696,225
Submitted by :  Government of Mexico
Implementing agencies :  National Institute for Forestry, Agricultural and Animal Research (INIFAP) and National Centre for Disciplinary Research on Forest Ecosystem Conservation and Improvement
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Finland, Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

The status of Mexico's rainforests is a reflexion of the imbalance between forest and agricultural and livestock development; the latter characterised by the accelerated rate of deforestation. Furthermore, there has been a lack of suitable silvicultural methods to manage these forests which, in general, have been treated inadequately.

This project proposal seeks to strengthen, encourage and evaluate sustainable tropical forest management in Mexico, with a view to achieving the ITTO's Objective 2000 and the Mexican Government's Forest Development Plan so that international trade may be based on raw materials originating from forests managed and certified according to criteria and indicators that strengthen the sustainability of this resource.

Overall, the proposal aims to develop management programmes for the sustainable conservation and utilisation of tropical forests in the southeast of Mexico (Los Tuxtlas, Chimalapas, Selva Lacandona, Centla, Calakmul, Tekax, and Sián Kaán). More specifically, it envisions transferring knowledge to the Ejido communities that own tropical forest resources in these regions in order to develop and implement specific local C&I to evaluate and monitor the progress towards sustainable forest management.

Major outputs include the following:

· Diagnosis of forest resources in the tropical forests of the South-eastern Coastal Plains;
· Forest management evaluation processes tailored to Mexico's tropical forest conditions (society, legislation, economy, and environment); and
· Validated local C&I with a holistic view of ecological, economic and social systems required to evaluate tropical forest management.


Development and delivery of a vocational training programme in reduced impact logging and sustainable forest management practices in Guyana

Project number :  PD 333/05 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Guyana
budget :  ITTO: $361,897
Government of Guyana: $441,431
Forestry Training Centre Inc: $80,155
Forest Enterprises: $136,130
TFF/Caterpillar Inc: $135,000
Total: $1,154,613
Submitted by :  Government of Guyana
Implementing agencies :  Forestry Training Centre Incorporated
ITTO funding sources :  USA, France, Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

The purpose of this 24-month project is to continue and expand vocational training in sustainable forest management and reduced-impact logging practices in Guyana. The project will build on the experience, successes, partnerships, and assets base of the Forestry Training Centre Incorporated (FTCI), which was established in May 2003 through ITTO Project PD 68/01 Rev.2 (I). The FTCI has prepared a training manual consisting of 17 modules that describe the process of reduced impact logging (RIL) step-by-step and has organized two training courses and one workshop to provide practical training in RIL for skill-levels from forest managers to field-based operators. In view of a further demand for SFM/RIL training and the existing capacity in terms of human resources and facilities to deliver such training, a continuation and broadening of this programme is proposed.

This project will assist human resource development and institutional strengthening in the forestry sector in Guyana. One of the main project activities is to continue the RIL training programme consisting of 27 practical training courses targeting 234 forestry professionals at all levels. The second component of the project activities aims to develop a RIL system and special training programme tailored to the needs of small-scale and community forest operators. 36 persons are expected to benefit from this programme. The third part of the project activities is to broaden the vocational sustainable forest management training programme beyond RIL practices by developing four additional training courses: forest management planning and code of practice standards, forest surveying and mapping, tree species identification, and auditing practices for Criteria and Indicators, from which courses 96 persons are expected to benefit.


Training of trainers in the application of ITTO and national criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management at the forest management unit level

Project number :  PD 42/00 (F)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $550,448
APHI $121,193
Total: $671,641
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Association of Indonesian Forest Concession Holders (APHI)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

This project developed a curriculum and training module for the education of concessionaire personnel in sustainable forest management based on the ITTO and national-level criteria and indicators. It trained 230 'trainers' within forest concession companies across five regions of Indonesia; these trainers now form the basis of a database of expertise at the national level maintained by APHI.


Sustainable forest management and human resources development in Indonesia, Phase III

Project number :  PD 89/90 (F)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $1,098,900
Total: $1,098,900
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This is the third phase of a capacity-building project that started in 1993. The overall objective is to contribute to sustainable development in Indonesia through the improvement of policies and practices to enhance the economic efficiency of tropical forest resource management. In this phase, the project is addressing criteria and indicators, forest fire, institutional strengthening, and local participation in the management of the Bukit Baka/Bukit Raya National Park.


Development of national criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in the Congo based on the ITTO criteria and indicators

Project number :  PPD 24/01 (F)
Project country :  Congo
budget :  ITTO: $39,510
Government of Congo: $6,670
Total: $46,180
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  Department of Forest Economy (DGEF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This pre-project is identifying and analysing the main constraints to the application of the ITTO criteria and indicators in Congo and formulating a project proposal for developing Congolese criteria and indicators at the national and local levels.


Developing and extending criteria and indicators for sustainable management of natural tropical forests in China

Project number :  PD 12/00 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $334,119
Government of China: $145,405
Total: $479,524
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  The Chinese Academy of Forestry
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Republic of Korea, USA
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

This project aims to develop criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of natural forests in China based on ITTO's Criteria and indicators for sustainable management of natural tropical forests. It is analysing current initiatives in criteria and indicators and conducting comparative studies of the forest situation on Hainan Island and in Yunnan Province.


Operational strategy for sustainable forestry development with community participation in India

Project number :  PD 37/00 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  India
budget :  ITTO: $594,678
Government of India: $632,300
Total: $1,226,978
Submitted by :  Government of India
Implementing agencies :  Indian Institute of Forest Management
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

The purpose of this project is to implement an appropriate set of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in eight selected forest management units (forest divisions) in Madhya Pradesh. The objective is to create conditions for, and thus help achieve, sustainable forestry development in the state, which in turn will serve as a model to be replicated in the rest of the country.


Development of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in the Philippines

Project number :  PPD 29/01 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $88,646
DENR (in kind): $43,940
Total: $132,586
Submitted by :  Government of Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This pre-project assisted the Philippines to promote the sustainable management of its forest resources in accordance with ITTO's Objective 2000 by formulating criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management and developing manuals and an action program for their field application.


Development of criteria and indicators for sustainable management appropriate to Brazilian tropical forests

Project number :  PD 140/02 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $396,313
ABIMCI/FORUM/SBS: $166,100
Total: $563,663
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  Brazilian Association of Mechanically Processed Timber (ABIMCI) in cooperation with the National Forum of Forest Organizations (FORUM), the Brazilian Society for Silviculture (SBS), and others
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

This project is developing a harmonised set of criteria and indicators (C&I) for the sustainable management of Brazilian tropical forests, taking into consideration the ITTO C&I and the Tarapoto regional initiative. It is also developing and field-testing a manual for applying the Brazilian C&I and conducting training courses in its use.


Promotion and transfer of knowledge on sustainable forest management models to timber producers

Project number :  PD 23/00 Rev.4 (F)
Project country :  Peru
budget :  ITTO: $420,212
CNF: $242,565
Forest concessionaires: $150,000
Total: $812,777
Submitted by :  Government of Peru
Implementing agencies :  Camara Nacional Forestal with the active participation of forest concessionaires, industrialists' assoc., professionals, NGOs, the Min. of Agriculture, MITINCI, PROMPEX, technological inst. & univs.
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is focusing on the training and education of Peruvian Amazon forest stakeholders in sustainable forest management techniques, including the ITTO criteria and indicators, to promote private investments in the forest sector and the use of appropriate technologies.