Project portfolio

The following is a list of ITTO projects in the field of efficiency in processing and utilisation 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.

Training Needs Analysis for the Builders' Woodworks Industry in the Philippines

Project number :  PPD 133/07 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $79,199
Government of the Philippines: $8,050
Total: $87,249
Submitted by :  Government of the Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI)
Financed at session No :  42

Summary

The pre-project aims to determine the training needs of the builders’ woodworks industry in the Philippines. Specifically, it shall determine the current level of skills in the builders’ woodworks industry and compare it against standards required for each job/position. Target beneficiaries of the project are builders’ woodworks associations and micro- and small enterprises engaged in the manufacture of builders’ woodworks who are not affiliated with any industry association. Industry associations and government agencies engaged in manpower development shall be tapped to provide inputs in the formulation of standards and identification of training needs.


Utilization of Lesser Used Wood Species in Guyana

Project number :  PD 344/05 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Guyana
budget :  ITTO: $95,040
Government of Guyana: $36,885
Total: $131,925
Submitted by :  Government of Guyana
Implementing agencies :  Guyana Forestry Commission
Financed at session No :  41

Summary

This one-year project aims to increase the overall contribution of the forest sector to the national economy by improving the awareness and use of lesser used species. The project will focus on gathering technological information on lesser used species; more promotion of current and potential lesser used species and training in processing techniques of these species. It is also expected that the capacity building aspect of the project would not only improve the processing techniques used for these species but also improve the quality of the product. The key beneficiaries would be: the forest industry (includes producers and manufacturers); local communities and academic forestry programmes involved in the forestry sector.

This project will build on the recommendations from the ITTO Diagnostic Mission to Guyana in 2003 and on the work already started by the Guyana Forestry Commission on the promotion of lesser used species in Guyana. The objectives of the project are also linked with a project recently approved by the ITTO on ‘Strengthening the Capacity to Market Exports of Forest Products from Guyana’.


Strengthening the capacity to promote efficient wood-processing technologies in Indonesia

Project number :  PD 286/04 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $765,140
ISWA*: $204,140
Total: $969,280
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  *Indonesian Sawmill and Woodworking Association
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  36

Summary

It is estimated that the total installed production capacity of the Indonesian wood-processing industry was around 30 million m3 in 2000, comprising 19 million m3 in sawmill and 11 million m3 in plywood industries. However, wood-processing efficiency levels are low compared to neighbouring countries. This 36-month project will increase the contribution of the wood-processing sector to the national economy through the application of appropriate processing technologies, based on the findings and recommendations derived from an ITTO pre-project (PPD 57/02 Rev. 1 (I)) and an ITTO technical mission in 2001.

Specifically, the project will improve national skills and capabilities in processing technologies and in product quality management and identify product standards, quality/grading requirements and technical regulations for sawnwood products in international markets. Twelve training courses in sawing and other basic woodprocessing techniques, product quality management, and industrial management will be organised for practitioners, managers and supervisors of woodworking factories. The project will also facilitate the establishment of small-scale training and testing facilities in existing wood-processing factories in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and eastern provinces.


Quality control and standardization of Ghanaian wood products

Project number :  PD 318/04 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Ghana
budget :  ITTO: $197,424
Government of Ghana: $33,201
Ghana timber industry: $10,400
Total: $241,025
Submitted by :  Government of Ghana
Implementing agencies :  Forestry Research Institute of Ghana in cooperation with the Ghana Forestry Commission, the Ghana Timber Millers Organisation and the Furniture and Woodworkers Association of Ghana
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, USA
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

The objectives of this project are to develop guidelines and standards for Ghanaian timber and wood products and to promote their application with a view to enhancing quality control and the efficient utilisation of wood products. The project will help initiate a wood-quality control process with the participation of all stakeholders for a number of identified wood products. The project will also strengthen the capability of the Ghana Forestry Commission to undertake such reforms and to ensure their efficient implementation and monitoring. The main project outputs will include: the review of policy and legislation for the standardisation of wood products; the identification of market requirements for standards and priority areas for grading rules; the development of standards for selected wood products; and the strengthening of institutional arrangements and governance for standards development.


Capacity strengthening of forestry stakeholders to support the implementation of the national code of practice for forest harvesting

Project number :  PD 325/04 (I)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $143,284
Government of China: $66,205
Total: $209,489
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  State Forestry Administration
ITTO funding sources :  Netherlands, USA, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

The objective of this twelve-month pre-project is to provide training and education at all levels of the forestry sector to effectively implement China's Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting. Activities include the launch of the Code; a review of existing training approaches and institutional frameworks for training through study tours to Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia; the organisation of a workshop to discuss and select training approaches; the development of training modules and manuals; and the development of strategies for expanding the training program.


Guatemalan forest industry development

Project number :  PPD 112/05 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Guatemala
budget :  ITTO: $52,920
Government of Guatemala: $11,000
Total: $63,920
Submitted by :  Government of Guatemala
Implementing agencies :  INAB
ITTO funding sources :  USA
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This pre-project will formulate a project proposal for the development of forest industrialisation centres according to zoning priorities, production lines and financial needs for implementation, and review the national legal and financial framework that would provide the necessary supporting mechanisms for the development of such centres.


Utilization of small-diameter logs from sustainable source for biocomposite products

Project number :  PD 40/00 Rev.4 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $600,000
Government of Indonesia: $265,163
Total: $865,163
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University
ITTO funding sources :  Common Fund for Commodities
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This 36-month project will collect and make available comprehensive information on the structure and composition of small-diameter logs (SDL), which genetically and environmentally never exceed 50 cm in diameter but may account for as much as 56% of forest structure, and their potential use in biocomposite products. The research will be carried out on a plot of 300 hectares of lowland tropical rainforest to be established at PT Alas Kusuma Forest Concession Holder, West Kalimantan. The research will focus on the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of SDL, with sample collection and wood identification.


Demonstration and application of production and utilization technologies for rattan sustainable development in the ASEAN member countries

Project number :  PD 334/05 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $629,873
Government of the Philippines: $270,000
Total: $899,873
Submitted by :  Government of the Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

This 48-month project is designed to promote the development of ASEAN’s rattan sector through demonstration and application of rattan management and utilization technologies in line with the recommendations of the Regional Conference on Sustainable Development of Rattan in Asia held in Manila, Philippines from 22 to 23 January 2004, which was organized under ITTO pre-project PPD 51/02 Rev.1 (I) "Application of Production and Utilization Technologies for Rattan Sustainable Development in the ASEAN Member Countries". The Regional Conference highlighted the need for ASEAN collaboration on rattan research and development in order to address the issue of the unsustained development of the rattan industry in the ASEAN region in particular with regard to the dwindling supply of commercially useful rattan.

The project intends to establish rattan demonstration plots of 20 hectares for each country of the ASEAN member countries through development of technical manuals on rattan management and training. Trainings on rattan utilization technologies are planned for the production of quality furniture, handicrafts and other products after research work on relevant technologies. Regional training courses and meetings are planned to enhance the skills and capacity of the ASEAN member countries in the fields of taxonomy, inventory, production and utilization technologies. The project work also includes the establishment of an ASEAN Rattan Centre as a network for discussion and policy sharing to support the implementation of rattan projects at the national level.


Development and extension of preservation technology of tropical plantation timber

Project number :  PD 52/99 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $166,690
GDFRI $142,500
Total: $309,190
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  Guangdong Forest Research Institute (GDFRI)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This project studied and disseminated timber-processing and utilisation technologies for plantation timber to improve the efficiency of the wood-processing industry. Research work focused on the development of appropriate preservation standards and drying procedures for plantation timber such as Eucalyptus urophylla and Acacia mangium.


Formulation of a project proposal to support the sustainable development of small forest industries

Project number :  PPD 6/00 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Peru
budget :  ITTO: $57,323
Government of Peru: $16,300
Total: $73,623
Submitted by :  Government of Peru
Implementing agencies :  National Institute for Natural Resources (INRENA)
ITTO funding sources :  USA, Switzerland
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This pre-project is compiling supplementary information regarding portable sawmills. This includes information on the institutional planning of forest areas allocated as long-term concessions and for small-scale timber extraction, associated land tenure issues for both categories of areas, experiences gained through the operation of portable sawmills,and the technical characteristics of portable sawmills and timber resources.


Introduction of a village industry in the community around an industrial forest plantation in Indonesia

Project number :  PD 58/99 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $363,536
Seameo-BIOTROP: $180,000 + in kind
PT Sumalindo: $88,325 + in kind
Total: $631,861
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  SEAMEO-BIOTROP
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This project is investigating the processing and utilisation of the bark of Acacia mangium, Eucalyptus spp and Paraserianthes falcatria from industrial forest plantation areas in East Kalimantan to produce tannin, adhesive material, pelleted animal feed and fertiliser, which will in turn contribute to the development of local communities through the establishment of a village industry.


Timber enhancement through mechanical processing

Project number :  PPD 16/01 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $47,370
Government of the Republic of Congo: $10,500
Total: $57,950
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  General Directorate for Forest Economics (Direction générale de l'économie forestière)
ITTO funding sources :  USA
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This pre-project is reviewing the factors that result in timber losses and environmental destruction during logging, and ways of improving local timber processing to achieve greater efficiency in timber use.


Increasing the efficiency in the tropical timber conversion and utilization of residues from sustainable source

Project number :  PD 61/99 Rev.4 (I)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $299,980
FUNPAR: $60,000
Total: $359,980
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  Foundation of the Federal University of Paraná
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

The objective of the project is to investigate whether conventional timber industries in conjunction with the power generation industry can make sustainable forest industry a viable option in two major wood industry-centred cities in the western Amazon.


Development of energy alternatives for the efficient utilization of wood-processing residue: co-generation and briquette production

Project number :  PPD 53/02 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Ghana
budget :  ITTO: $78,208
Government of Ghana: $9,594
Total: $87,802
Submitted by :  Government of Ghana
Implementing agencies :  Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This pre-project is conducting co-generation studies at three sawmills and creating awareness among stakeholders about the economic and financial benefits of co-generation.


Improvement of processing efficiency of tropical timber from sustainable sources in Indonesia

Project number :  PPD 57/02 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $53,636
ISA: $12,000
Total: $65,636
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Indonesia Sawmill and Woodworking Association (ISA)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Australia, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This pre-project allowed for the publication of a technical report on inefficiency problems, including discussions of workshops held in Jakarta on 9 September and in Surabaya on 14 October 2003. The pre-project also formulated the project proposal PD 286/04 Rev.1 (I) 'Strengthening the capacity to promote efficient wood processing technologies in Indonesia', which is designed to improve the national skills and capabilities in wood processing efficiency and in product quality management to ensure the efficient and diversified use of tropical timber in Indonesia.


Improving the utilization efficiency in wood industries in the South Pacific region

Project number :  PPD 58/02 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea
budget :  ITTO: $150,443
Government of Vanuatu: $5,000
Government of PNG: $10,000
Government of Fiji: $10,000
USDA: $56,000
South Pacific Commission: $10,000
Total: $241,443
Submitted by :  Governments of Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea
Implementing agencies :  Vanuatu Department of Forests, PNG National Forest Service, Fiji Forestry Department
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Australia
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This pre-project is investigating the level of appropriate technology needed to improve wood efficiencies in the Pacific, starting with Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, identify gaps in national policies, and provide direction and recommendations related to waste reduction and residue usage.


Strategies for the development of sustainable wood-based industries in Indonesia

Project number :  PD 85/01 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $479,603
Government of Indonesia: $127,630
Total: $607,233
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Center for Social and Economic Research on Forestry and Estate Crops, Forestry Research and Development Agency, Indonesian Ministry of Forestry
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Australia
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This project is assisting the Government of Indonesia to ensure the sustainability of its wood-based industries through downsizing and restructuring.


Processing and utilization of logging residues through collaboration with local communities and forest industries summary

Project number :  PPD 39/02 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Ghana
budget :  ITTO: $55,650
Government of Ghana: 75 million cedi
Total: $64,950 (approx.)
Submitted by :  Government of Ghana
Implementing agencies :  Forestry Research Institute
ITTO funding sources :  USA, Japan
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

This pre-project is investigating ways to increase the benefits accruing to local communities from forest operations through the collection and processing of logging residues. It is also formulating a project proposal to promote collaboration between forest industries and local communities in the collection and processing of logging residues.


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.


Promoting the utilisation of rubberwood from sustainable sources in Indonesia

Project number :  PPD 80/03 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $69,340
ISWA: $15,151
Total: $84,491
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Ministry of Forestry in cooperation with the Indonesian Sawmill and Woodworking Association (ISWA)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

This pre-project will assess the feasibility of using rubberwood as a raw material for the wood-based industry in Indonesia and is a follow-up action to the recommendations of the ITTO Technical Mission to Indonesia in 2001. One of the issues for the present crisis in the Indonesian wood-based industry is the gap between wood supply and demand. This situation is likely to prevail in the future unless measures to secure the supply of logs from plantation timbers such as rubberwood are taken. At present, there are around 3.5 million hectares of rubber plantations in the country. However, while rubberwood furniture has contributed significantly to the economies of Malaysia, Thailand, India and China, in Indonesia the rubberwood resource has been used mainly as a source of energy. The main pre-project activities will include field surveys of rubber plantations in selected sites and the collection of relevant information on rubberwood processing techniques and markets. In addition, two national workshops on rubberwood processing techniques and markets will be organised with the participation of all stakeholders to assist in the formulation of national policies for the efficient utilisation of rubberwood and a full ITTO project proposal for the development of a sustainable rubberwood industry in Indonesia.


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