Project portfolio

The following is a list of ITTO projects in the field of timber trade and markets 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.


Regional workshop on processing, marketing and trade of quality wood products of teak plantations

Project number :  PD 416/06 (I)
Project country :  India
budget :  ITTO: $106,539
KFRI*: $44,730
Total: $151,269
Submitted by :  Government of India
Implementing agencies :  *Kerala Forest Research Institute
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  40

Summary

Of all the tropical hardwood species, teak (Tectona grandis) is probably one of the most well-known and high-value timbers with its extremely good dimensional stability and aesthetic qualities. Teak occurs naturally in India, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand but it has been established in plantations throughout tropical Asia, as well as in tropical Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. The current project proposal was prepared based on the recommendations of the International Conference on "Quality Timber Products of Teak from Sustainable Forest Management" held at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Kerala, India, 2-5 December 2003.

This 12-month project aims to organize a regional workshop in 2007 for critical appraisal of the problems of processing, marketing and trade of quality products of teak from plantations with the participation of major Asian teak producer countries, viz. India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand as well as the importing countries. The regional workshop is expected to: (i) provide a clear understanding of country situation among the project partners; (ii) identify the lead countries in areas of research and training as well as networking to cater to the needs of international stakeholders; and (iii) establish working relationships among the project partners in Asian Region.


International conference on innovation in the forest and wood products industries

Project number :  PD 268/04 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Australia
budget :  ITTO: $147,960
Government of Australia: $159,000
Others: $346,000
Total: $652,960
Submitted by :  Government of Australia
Implementing agencies :  Innovations'06 Pty Ltd
ITTO funding sources :  Unearmarked funds of the Special Account, Japan, USA, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

The objective of this project is to organise an international conference with a view to assessing the current state of research and development, innovation and other technological developments in the global forest and wood product industries.


Promotion of Guatemalan certified timber and timber products trade

Project number :  PD 338/05 Rev.1 (M,I)
Project country :  Guatemala
budget :  ITTO: $230,468
INAB: $59,630
ACOFOP: $46,000
Total: $336,098
Submitted by :  Government of Guatemala
Implementing agencies :  Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Norway
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

Guatemala has made great strides towards sustainable forest management in recent years. To strengthen and complement this process, a marketing strategy is needed to encourage the use of lesser-known timber species and timber products. This project will help in this by, among other things, strengthening local capacity to create and maintain support mechanisms for marketing, communities and industries.


Establishment and operation of a forest strategic information centre (CIEF)

Project number :  PD 27/95 Rev.3 (M) Phase II, Stage II
Project country :  Peru
budget :  ITTO: $462,062
INRENA: $301,216
Total: $763,278
Submitted by :  Government of Peru
Implementing agencies :  INRENA
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This is the final stage of a five-year project to establish a forestry statistical information system in Peru. It is extending the system to all regional nodes throughout Peru (currently,three nodes are operational) and linking all regional forestry offices electronically with INRENA's headquarters in Lima. It is also providing training for users and operators of the system.


Establishing a data collection and dissemination system on a sustainable basis for timber marketing statistics in Cameroon

Project number :  PD 47/98 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  Cameroon
budget :  ITTO: $271,198
Government of Cameroon: $54,400
Total: $325,598
Submitted by :  Government of Cameroon
Implementing agencies :  Office National de Developpement des Forêts (ONADEF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This 20-month project aims to establish a permanent structure for statistics research and collection on timber marketing in Cameroon. At its completion, a well-established and long-lasting structure will centralise the country’s statistical data on timber marketing.


Extension and consolidation of the national forest statistical information system

Project number :  PD 34/00 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  Bolivia
budget :  ITTO: $352,005
Government of Bolivia: $206,248
Total: $558,253
Submitted by :  Government of Bolivia
Implementing agencies :  Bolivian Vice-ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This project is building on the forest statistical information system developed under a previous ITTO project to improve the knowledge of forest products production and trade and assist efforts to increase the share of these products in the total exports of the country.


Review of the Indian timber market

Project number :  PPD 49/02 (M)
Project country :  India
budget :  ITTO: $103,785
Total: $103,785
Submitted by : 
Implementing agencies :  ITTO Secretariat
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

The pre-project studied the supply and demand status of the Indian timber market and the market opportunities in India for other ITTO members, producing a major report that can be downloaded from 'Publications'.


Review of international wooden furniture markets

Project number :  PPD 25/01 (I,M)
Project country :  Global
budget :  ITTO: $169,065
Total: $169,065
Submitted by :  ITTO
Implementing agencies :  ITTO Secretariat
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This pre-project assessed the outlook for wooden furniture into the 21st century with the aim of providing a view of those products and markets where tropical timber producers are likely to be competitive.


Study to identify measures to bring increased transparency to tropical hardwood plywood trade and analyse the causes of market fluctuations and price instability

Project number :  PPD 34/01 (M)
Project country :  Global
budget :  ITTO: $99,678
Total: $99,678
Submitted by :  ITTO
Implementing agencies :  ITTO Secretariat
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

The main aim of this pre-project was to recommend measures that could bring increased transparency to the international hardwood plywood trade and manage risks associated with market fluctuations. The draft report can be downloaded from 'Publications'.


II Latin American Forestry Congress

Project number :  PD 125/02 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Guatemala
budget :  ITTO: $87,683
National sources: $298,406
Total: $386,089
Submitted by :  Government of Guatemala
Implementing agencies :  National Forest Institute (Instituto Nacional de Bosques – INAB)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

This conference provided a regional forum for the exchange of ideas and building of consensus regarding trends in and perspectives of the Latin American forestry sector.


Performance evaluation of export wood furniture in relation to strength and end-use applications using established test

Project number :  PD 35/99 Rev.4 (I)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $139,999
Government of Philippines: $227,900
Total: $367,899
Submitted by :  Government of the Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Forest Products Research & Development Institute
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This project is evaluating the strength and performance of export wood furniture such as chairs, tables, stools, cabinet doors and drawers by the application of loads or forces simulating normal functional use, as well as acceptable mis-use, according to a graded scale of severity following established standards. It is also identifying and will disseminate to manufacturers designs to improve the strength and stability of furniture.


Development of the National Forest Information System of Guatemala

Project number :  PPD 74/03 Rev.1 (M)
Project country :  Guatemala
budget :  ITTO: $30,581
Government of Guatemala: $9,600
Total: $40,181
Submitted by :  Government of Guatemala
Implementing agencies :  Instituto Nacional de Bosques, Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas, Gremial Forestal de Guatemala
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

The existing forest information systems in Guatemala are dispersed and poorly equipped to produce an integrated, complete and up-to-date database as required by the different sectoral and inter-sectoral stakeholders at the national and international levels.The objective of this pre-project is to formulate a project proposal for the articulation and implementation of a forest information system in Guatemala. The specific objectives are:

  • to update the diagnosis of the first-level forest information systems already existing in Guatemala;
  • to design the institutional integration module to generate forest information and forest statistics; and
  • to develop a project proposal for a national forest information system.