Project portfolio

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


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.


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.


Pre-project for the Ecuadorian tropical timber industry environmental management

Project number :  PPD 15/99 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Ecuador
budget :  ITTO: $71,740
Government of Ecuador: $7,000
Total: $78,740
Submitted by :  Government of Ecuador
Implementing agencies :  Sustainable Forestry Management Corporation (COMAFORS)
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This pre-project designed and produced a project proposal, in coordination with the principal stakeholders (forest industries, NGOs, government and municipalities), related to the application of an environmental management system (EMS). The EMS addresses timber processing industrial issues such as water consumption, energy conservation, greenhouse gas emissions, and solid and liquid wastes. The ultimate aim is to increase the international trade of Ecuadorian timber on the basis of ISO 14000 certification and to assist the forest industry to comply with environmental regulation.


Promotion of Guatemalan certified timber and timber products trade

Project number :  PPD 64/02 Rev.1 (M)
Project country :  Guatemala
budget :  ITTO: $50,000
Government of Guatemala: $7,575
Total: $57,575
Submitted by : 
Implementing agencies :  Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Norway
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

This pre-project is facilitating the gathering of information to allow the formulation of a follow-up project proposal to promote the commercial development of certified timber, particularly that of secondary or lesser-used species. The pre-project is being implemented with the active participation of community groups and cooperatives and forest concessionholders. These groups are implementing forest management plans and need to develop industrially and commercially if they are to make a lasting contribution to sustainable development.


Consolidating sustainable forest management certification in Indonesia

Project number :  PD 80/01 Rev.6 (M)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $368,799
Government of Indonesia: $123,688
Ford Foundation: $100,000
Total: $592,487
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia (Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project will lead to the increased availability of certified timber from sustainably managed forests in Indonesia by improving public awareness of national and international sustainable forest management certification systems and establishing the national capacities needed to ensure implementation and monitoring of credible national and international sustainable forest management certification systems.