Project portfolio

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

Conservation and Reforestation of Threatened Mangrove Forest Areas along the Pacific Coast of Panama – Phase II

Project number :  PD 156/02 Rev.2 (F) Phase II
Project country :  Panama
budget :  ITTO: $316,887
Government of Panama: $168,290
Total: $485,177
Submitted by :  Government of Panama
Implementing agencies :  ANAM - National Environmental Authority
Financed at session No :  42

Summary

Mangrove forests in Panama account for approximately 5.6 % of the natural forest cover, i.e. some 170,000 hectares, the majority o f which are located along the Pacific Coast. These mangrove forests are being subjected to constant pressures that lead to their degradation and destruction, mainly from aquaculture, agriculture and cattle raising as well as forest product harvesting. The proposal builds on the results of the project PD 128/91 Rev.2 (F) “Management, Conservation and Development of the Mangrove Forests in Panama”.

The project aims to ensure the collective conservation and sustainable management of 4,000 hectares of mangrove forests along the Panamanian Pacific Coast and to implement rehabilitation activities on 1,250 hectares of degraded lands to maintain the contribution of this ecosystem to the welfare of the Panamanian society, particularly the communities that directly depend on these natural resources.

The expected outputs may be described as follows:

· 4000 hectares of mangrove forests under sustainable management including a harvesting system based on a management plan;
· Mangrove-dependent communities trained and using sustainable management and harvesting techniques for mangroves;
· 1,300,000 seedlings of mangrove and other multiple-use forest species produced by community nurseries;
· 600 hectares of mangrove forests rehabilitated through enrichment planting and reforestation with mangrove species; and
· 650 hectares of degraded forestlands allocated to agroforestry and reforestation with multiple-use forest species.

Guidelines for the Restoration of Mangroves and Other Coastal Forests Damaged by Tsunamis and Other Natural Hazards in the Asia-Pacific Region

Project number :  PPD 134/07 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Japan
budget :  ITTO: $129,038
ISME and others: $11,250
Total: $140,288
Submitted by :  Government of Japan
Implementing agencies :  International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME)
Financed at session No :  42

Summary

Mangrove and other coastal forests provide livelihood for human communities living in and around the forests and protect coastal areas against tsunamis and other natural hazards including cyclones, typhoons, floods and abrasion. However, no manuals or guidelines are available to date for the restoration of mangroves and other coastal vegetation damaged by tsunamis and other natural hazards.

This pre-project aims to contribute to the safety of lives of people living in coastal areas of the Asia-Pacific region against natural hazards through rehabilitation and sustainable management of mangroves and other coastal forests. Its specific objective is to re-evaluate the role and functions of mangroves and coastal forests in mitigating natural hazards in the Asia-Pacific region and to assist countries in the region to facilitate rehabilitation efforts aimed at reducing future hazard damages.

The expected main outputs of the pre-project are:

· Scientific report of Regional Meeting compiled and published;
· Comprehensive manual with practical guidelines on the restoration of mangroves and other coastal forests in the Asia-Pacific region compiled and published; and
· New project proposal for the rehabilitation and sustainable management of mangroves and other coastal forests damaged by natural hazards in the Asia-Pacific region prepared.


Criteria for the management of mangrove and flood forests in the central coastal plains of Veracruz, Mexico: a community management tool

Project number :  PD 349/05 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Mexico
budget :  ITTO: $387,296
Government of Mexico: $637,225
Total: $1,024,521
Submitted by :  Government of Mexico
Implementing agencies :  Institute of Ecology
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Finland
Financed at session No :  40

Summary

Coastal flood forests and mangrove forests in Mexico have traditionally been subject to inadequate management. The Gulf of Mexico region is not an exception to this rule, mainly due to the lack of knowledge on these ecosystems, particularly with regard to their management, restoration, structure and functioning, as well as the economic/ecological and social benefits that can be derived from them and associated mechanisms such as payment for environmental services.

Thus, the overall objective of this project proposal is to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of mangrove forests and coastal flood forests in the Gulf of Mexico. More specifically, it intends to develop criteria with the participation of local communities for the management of mangrove forests and flood forests in the central coastal plains of Veracruz, Mexico.

Major outputs include:

· An environmental and socioeconomic diagnosis and valuation of environmental services provided by mangrove forests, flood forests in the central coastal plains of Veracruz;
· A compatibility analysis between the current use of mangrove forests and flood forests and their natural potential for production activities, as the basis for management policy allocations; and
· Pilot production projects for the sustainable use of mangrove forests and coastal flood forests.


Revised world atlas of mangrove for conservation and restoration of mangrove ecosystems

Project number :  PD 276/04 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Japan
budget :  ITTO: $430,920
ISME: $93,530
Others: $209,500
Total: $733,950
Submitted by :  Government of Japan
Implementing agencies :  International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME)
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund (Sub-account A)
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This project will produce a revised, updated and comprehensive world mangrove atlas that can also be used as a tool for decision-makers to improve mangrove conservation and development.


Formulating a proposal on demonstration of sustainable management for mangroves in China

Project number :  PPD 114/05 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $74,088
Government of China: $17,000
Total: $91,088
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  Nature Reserve Research Centre of the State Forestry Administration, Government of the People's Republic of China
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This pre-project will promote the sustainable development of mangrove resources. Specifically it will: 1) select integrated management models suitable for increasing income and improving living standards of farmers so as to promote socioeconomic and environmental development and protect mangrove resources; and 2) formulate a project proposal for the full development of integrated models of sustainable mangrove forest management in China.


Contribution to livelihood and forest rehabilitation in Thailand's areas affected by tsunami disaster

Project number :  PD 372/05 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Thailand
budget :  ITTO: $790,020
Government of Thailand: $343,620
Total: $1,133,640
Submitted by :  Government of Thailand
Implementing agencies :  Royal Forest Department in collaboration with Thailand Environmental Institute
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, USA, Republic of Korea, Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

In Thailand the 26 December 2004 tsunami caused a lot of destruction of human life, property and economic infrastructure and environmental assets in six southern provinces along the Andaman coastline. This project will initiate a process for medium and long-term rehabilitation of the damaged coastal forests in that zone.

The development objective is to contribute to the long-term rehabilitation of the coastal forest resources. The specific objectives are: (1) to initiate a process of developing a community-based coastal resource management to enhance the contribution of forests to ecological security and (2) to promote bamboo use in tsunami affected areas in order to meet medium and long term needs in rural house construction. Ultimately the project will contribute to promoting the utilization and trade of bamboo and other forest products from sustainable sources.

Among the project's most important outputs will be the rehabilitation of 1250 ha damaged by the tsunami, and the elaboration of plans for long term community-based coastal forest rehabilitation in pilot areas of the Provinces of Krabi and Pang Nga. Its design emphasizes the complementarity and synergies with a project to be funded in the same target area by Swiss Solidarity, which aims at providing support to the development of sustainable community livelihood.


Sustainable community management, utilisation and conservation of mangrove ecosystems in Ghana

Project number :  PPD 108/04 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Ghana
budget :  ITTO: $75,578
Government of Ghana: $18,674
Total: $94,252
Submitted by :  Government of Ghana
Implementing agencies :  Institute of Renewable Natural Resources Management (IRNR), in collaboration with Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and the Ghana Forestry Commission
ITTO funding sources :  USA, Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

In recent years, the pressures of a growing population, combined with increased agricultural, industrial and urban development in coastal areas have contributed to the degradation of the mangrove ecosystems of Ghana. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that there is insufficient data and information available on the status of the country’s mangroves.

The development objective of this pre-project is to ensure the sustainable management and utilization of Ghana’s forest resources. More specifically, the pre-project intends to identify opportunities and threats to sustainable management, utilization and conservation of mangroves by local communities.

Expected outputs are:

· Policy and legislative guidelines for community-based mangrove management formulated;
· Current state and economic importance of mangroves in Ghana assessed;
· Security of tenure, institutional arrangements and governance to empower local communities in mangrove management and decision-making strengthened; and
· Project proposal on sustainable management, conservation and utilization of mangroves by local communities in Ghana formulated and submitted.


Study for the conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable management of mangroves in Togo

Project number :  PPD 37/02 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Togo
budget :  ITTO: $64,914
Association RJR: $32,174
Total: $97,088
Submitted by :  Government of Togo
Implementing agencies :  Association Réveil de la Jeunesse Rurale (RJR)
ITTO funding sources :  Norway
Financed at session No :  35

Summary

This pre-project will assist in the development of a management concept for the rehabilitation of mangrove areas with a view to increasing their productivity. Expected outputs include: information on ecological, socioeconomic and environmental aspects of the selected site; and a project proposal for mangrove rehabilitation and management for consideration by ITTO.


Action plan on sustainable mangrove management

Project number :  PPD 17/01 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Global
budget :  ITTO: $181,485
ISME: $67,786
Total: $249 271
Submitted by :  Government of Japan
Implementing agencies :  International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This pre-project is formulating a work plan for achieving worldwide understanding and collaboration for the preservation and sustainable use of mangroves.


Sustainable management and rehabilitation of mangrove forests by local communities on the Caribbean coast of Colombia

Project number :  PD 60/01 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Colombia
budget :  ITTO: $583,626
CONIF/Government of Colombia: $213,000
Total: $796,626
Submitted by :  Government of Colombia
Implementing agencies :  National Corporation for Forest Research and Development (CONIF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This project is rehabilitating 200 hectares of mangrove forest through socially, economically and ecologically viable actions; developing appropriate practices for the sustainable management and monitoring of 1,000 hectares of mangrove resources as a strategic production and conservation alternative; and training 300 representatives of local communities in techniques and practices for the rehabilitation and sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems.


Evaluation of mangrove forests in the northeast of the Orinoco Delta region in Venezuela with a view to sustainable forest utilisation

Project number :  PD 55/98 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Venezuela
budget :  ITTO: $249,455
MARN-DGSRF*: $80,982
Others: $33,320
Total: $363,757
Submitted by :  Government of Venezuela
Implementing agencies :  *Ministry for the Thenvironment and Natural Resources - General Sectoral Directorate for Forest
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

The Orinoco River Delta contains a variety of tropical tidal forests, particularly mangroves, but they are being depleted rapidly for building materials and fuel. This project is working to define conservation and management policies for the coastal mangrove forests of the region. It is also developing a management plan for bringing 30,000 hectares of mangrove forests under sustainable management for the benefit of local communities.


Management and conservation of mangrove forests in the Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras

Project number :  PD 44/95 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Honduras
budget :  ITTO: $1,012,20
Government of Honduras: $279,000
Total: $1,291,200
Submitted by :  Government of Honduras
Implementing agencies :  Administración Forestal del Estado - Corporación Hondureña de Desarrollo Forestal
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

This three-year project aims to reduce the dependency of the local population on mangrove forests for fuelwood by assisting them to establish fast-growing tree plantations in buffer areas. It is also develop a zoning and land-use plan for the Gulf of Fonseca with a view to managing and conserving the mangrove resource.


Assessment and management of mangrove forests in Egypt for sustainable utilisation and development

Project number :  PD 63/01 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Egypt
budget :  ITTO: $301,570
Government of Egypt: $138,175
Total: $439,745
Submitted by :  Government of Egypt
Implementing agencies :  Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Undersecretariat for Afforestation and Environment (MALR)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

This project is in the process of securing the remaining 465 hectares of Egyptian Red Sea mangrove ecosystem and ensuring their conservation and sustainable management.


Conservation and sustainable management of mangroves in the Kouilou Coastal Area with the participation of local communities established in the area—South Congo

Project number :  PPD 40/02 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $71,232
Government of Congo: $15,830
Total: $87,062
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  Water & Forestry General Directorate (Direction Générale des Eaux et Forêts – DGEF) and Research Centre on Coastal Forests (Centre de Recherches Forestières du Littoral – CRFL)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

This pre-project is analysing the situation for Congo's significant mangrove resources, studying the socio-economic aspects of their management, and formulating a project proposal for their sustainable management.


Demonstration project for the rehabilitation and multipurpose sustainable management of mangrove forest ecosystems on the coast of Ecuador

Project number :  PD 152/02 Rev.3 (F)
Project country :  Ecuador
budget :  ITTO: $548,394
CORMADERA: $177,124
Total: $725,518
Submitted by :  Government of Ecuador
Implementing agencies :  Corporation for Forest and Timber Development in Ecuador (CORMADERA)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Norway
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

Ecuador's mangrove ecosystems are endangered by ongoing degradation caused by human interventions such as shrimp farming, infrastructure development, agriculture and timber extraction. This project is setting up demonstration sites for the sustainable, multipurpose management of mangrove ecosystems on the Ecuadorian coast. These sites are now starting to provide information on mangrove ecosystem recovery and management, from which technical guidelines and other extension materials are being developed to stimulate the wider uptake of sustainable use practices in mangrove-dependent communities.


Conservation and reforestation of threatened mangrove forest areas along the Pacific coast of Panama

Project number :  PD 156/02 Rev.3 (F) Phase I
Project country :  Panama
budget :  ITTO: $491,57
Government of Panama: $210,290
Total: $701,547
Submitted by :  Government of Panama
Implementing agencies :  National Environmental Authority (ANAM)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Norway
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

This project is building on the results of ITTO project PD 128/92 Rev.2 (F): 'Management, conservation and development of the mangrove forests in Panama'. Among other things it is providing training to mangrove-dependent communities in sustainable management and harvesting techniques for mangroves with the aim of conserving and sustainably using about 4,000 hectares of mangrove forests on the Panamanian Pacific Coast and rehabilitating about 1,250 hectares of degraded lands.