Project portfolio

The following is a list of ITTO projects in the field of forest law enforcement 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.

Improving the Detection and Prevention of Illegal Logging and Illegality in Shipment and Trade of Wood Products in Guyana

Project number :  PD 440/07 Rev.1 (M,I)
Project country :  Guyana
budget :  ITTO: $574,101
Government of Guyana: $184,019
Total: $758,120
Submitted by :  Government of Guyana
Implementing agencies :  Guyana Forestry Commission
Financed at session No :  42

Summary

While the extent of illegal logging in Guyana may not be as high as reported in some other countries, it does have a significant impact on Guyana’s relatively small and developing economy as well as having environmental and socio-cultural consequences.

Two of the main reasons for the sub-optimal detection of illegal logging and other activities are a) the extensive and largely inaccessible forest estate which is difficult to effectively monitor and b) a manual log-tracking system that has tendencies for errors and does not facilitate rapid transfer of information and data.

The project proposed will address these two issues by a) developing an integrated and dynamic GIS that will incorporate satellite image analysis, illegality indicators and a legality database and b) by establishing a bar-code log-tracking system that will feed into a central database linked to a national wide-area network. This will allow for near real-time transfer of data and the availability of tracking information for the regulatory agency and operators in the private sector.

The outcome of the project will be an environment where detection of illegal logging and other non?compliant activities will be dramatically improved in the forest, in transit and at point of sale. This scenario will see improved detection of illegal activities acting as an effective deterrent resulting in a marked reduction in the incidence of illegal activities. The beneficial knock-on effects of this will be registered in the national economy, local communities and the forest environment.


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.


Towards the municipal decentralization of forest management in the Chaco and Yungas eco-regions of Bolivia

Project number :  PPD 98/04 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Bolivia
budget :  ITTO: $94,500
ADS-AMT: $10,100
Municipalities: $30,000
Total: $134,600
Submitted by :  Government of Bolivia
Implementing agencies :  Alliance for Sustainable Development (ADS) in coordination with the Association of Municipal Governments (AMT)
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, Japan
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This pre-project will: i) assess the current status of the implementation, operation and equipment of municipal forest units (MFUs) in the Chaco and Yungas regions (Andean and Bolivian-Tucuman regions) in order to establish and effectively operate these MFUs as required by the Forestry Law; and ii) develop a project proposal in accordance with the needs of the MFUs and forest stakeholders in these two eco-regions, prioritising activities and outputs and providing a methodology for the provision of technical support for forest management.


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

Project number :  PD 360/05 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $701,549
Government of Congo: $411,346
Winrock International: $154,500
Total: $1,267,395
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, Norway, France
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This project, which awaits a small amount of funding, will develop a transparent forest monitoring system for the sustainable management of Congolese forests at the national and forest management unit levels. Outputs will include: high-resolution aerial digital imagery over southwestern Congo forests and concessions; digital images for tactical planning in forest management planning; a comparison of planned and actual harvest rates and forest charges valuation; a methodology for use by stakeholders in biodiversity monitoring and habitat assessment; the use of digital 3D imagery to monitor legal logging volumes, detect illegal logging and provide a transparent basis for revenue assessment; and training in all aspects of image capture, processing and interpretation.


Modular system of forest management in the Brazilian Amazon

Project number :  PD 319/04 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $277,560
IMAZON: $128,200
Total: $405,760
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia (Amazon Institute of People and Environment – IMAZON)
ITTO funding sources :  USA, Netherlands, Japan
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

The 'modular management system in the Brazilian Amazon region' is part of an IMAZON program for supporting the adoption of forest management in the region and is embedded in a wider initiative in partnership with Friends of the Earth to expand the supply of legally obtained timber in the Amazon region. The overall objective of this project is to increase the area under sustainable forest management in the Brazilian Amazon region through the adoption of the modular system of implementation and verification by 20 small- and medium-sized timber companies.


Management of the Phatam Protected Forests Complex to promote cooperation for trans-boundary biodiversity conservation between Thailand, Cambodia and Laos (Phase I)

Project number :  PD 15/00 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Thailand
budget :  ITTO: $629,624
Government of Thailand: $281,430
Total: $911,054
Submitted by :  Government of Thailand
Implementing agencies :  Royal Forest Department
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, USA, France
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This project is developing a strategy for transboundary biodiversity conservation and preparing a management planning system for the Phatam Protected Forests Complex in northeastern Thailand.


Bi-national conservation and peace in the Condor Range region, Ecuador-Peru: Phase I (Ecuadorean component)

Project number :  PD 2/00 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Latin America
budget :  ITTO: $701,701
NATURA Foundation: $144,459
Ministry for the Environment: $20,000
Conservation International – Peru: $60,000
Total: $926,160
Submitted by :  Government of Ecuador
Implementing agencies :  Ecuadorian Ministry for the Environment in cooperation with the NATURA Foundation and Conservation International – Peru and with the participation of local organisations
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

The peace treaty signed between Ecuador and Peru in 1999 led to the establishment of an ecological conservation area in the Condor Mountain Range region. This is designed as a mechanism to both settle the conflict and promote the development and integration of the peoples of these two neighbouring countries. This three-phase, five-year project is generating a participatory environmental management model for the region.


Bi-national conservation and peace in the Condor Range region, Ecuador-Peru: Phase I (Peruvian component)

Project number :  PD 3/00 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Peru
budget :  ITTO: $701,502
INRENA: $20,000
CI Peru: $130,831
Total: $852,333
Submitted by :  Government of Peru
Implementing agencies :  INRENA in cooperation with Conservation International – Peru and with the participation of local organisations
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, USA, Korea
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

The first phase of this five-year project is developing a participatory quantitative and qualitative information model for the Santiago-Comaina Reserved Zone and surrounding areas on the border between Ecuador and Peru through the use of land-use maps, biological inventories and monitoring programs.


Biodiversity management and conservation in a forest concession adjacent to a totally protected area (Nouabale-Ndoki National Park), northern Congo

Project number :  PD 4/00 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Congo
budget :  ITTO: $1,022,084
Gov't of Congo: $222,000
World Conservation Society: $634,400
CIB: $410,900
Total: $2,289,384
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  World Conservation Society
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, Japan, France, USA
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This project is planning and implementing participatory management of the buffer zone (1,385,800 hectares) adjacent to the Nouabale- Ndoki National Park (390,000 hectares) for sustainable timber production and biodiversity conservation.


Management of Kayan Mentarang National Park (KMNP) to promote transboundary conservation along the border between Indonesia and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak - Phase I

Project number :  PD 38/00 (F)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $1,187,930
Government of Indonesia: $187,278
Total: $1,375,208
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

The conservation values of the 1.4 million-hectare Kayan Mentarang National Park in East Kalimantan are threatened by cross-border illegal logging and hunting. This project established an operational management unit for the KMNP and initiated cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia in order to conserve the Park's biodiversity values. Project activities included the construction of a limited park infrastructure, a biodiversity expedition and a public and local communities' awareness program.


National forest inventory and forest resources monitoring program in Bolivia

Project number :  PD 17/99 Rev.3 (F)
Project country :  Bolivia
budget :  ITTO: $397,777
Government of Bolivia: $151,724
Total: $549,501
Submitted by :  Government of Bolivia
Implementing agencies :  Vice-Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This project is developing and implementing a program for the inventory, re-inventory and monitoring of the forest resource. It is also establishing a Forest Information and Evaluation Centre, the institution that will be responsible for forest resource monitoring.


Development and implementation of guidelines to control illegal logging for sustainable forest management in Indonesia

Project number :  PD 74/01 Rev.1 (M)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $665,850
Government of Indonesia: $75,250
Total: $741,100
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Indonesian Ministry of Forestry (MOF) & the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Indonesia
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This project is implement a pilot study on ways to control illegal logging in production and protected areas in Riau and West Kalimantan. Outputs from the study will be used to develop guidelines for overcoming illegal logging nationwide.


Use of remote sensing technology and information systems to support forestry legislation monitoring in the Republic of Congo

Project number :  PD 176/02 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $577,676
Government of Congo: $121,408
WRI: $193,330
Total: $892,414
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with Congo's National Centre for Forest and Fauna Inventories and Management
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, USA
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is collecting accurate geographic data on forest companies and logging areas, using forest-related information and information management technologies to enhance forest law enforcement and establish reasonable and fair logging terms for logging companies. It is also providing training to local staff in the use of GIS-based law-enforcement monitoring tools.