Project portfolio

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

International Workshop on Innovations in Tropical Forestry and Forest Product Industries (Innovations for Tropical Timber)

Project number :  PD 268/04 Rev.3 (I)
Project country :  Côte d’Ivoire
budget :  ITTO: $147,960
Government of Côte d'Ivoire: $40,244
Industries: $36,000
Total: $224,204
Submitted by :  Government of Côte d’Ivoire
Implementing agencies :  Direction de la Production et des Industries Forestieres (Diectorate of Forest Production and Industries), Ministry of the Environment and Water and Forest
Financed at session No :  42

Summary

The objective of the project is to organize an international Conference with the view to assessing the current state of research and development, innovation and other technological developments in the global forest and wood product industries, and determine policies and strategies to further increase innovation and its uptake to continually improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the forest and wood products industries. The Conference will also provide opportunity for building on existing collaborative and strategic alliances as well as developing new ones to assist the transfer of technology, skill and knowledge. The Conference will include a special Session on tropical timbers. Two major outputs are expected from the project:

· The Conference proceedings describing the current state of innovation in the global industry, as well as new developments in knowledge, products and processes;
· The development of new alliances/partnerships, which could assist on-going innovation, its adoption and transfer among the global industry.


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’.


Promoting selected non-timber forest products based on communitiy participation approach to support sustainable forest management in East Kalimantan

Project number :  PD 277/04 Rev.3 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $401,937
Government of Indonesia: $126,473
Total: $528,410
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA) in cooperation with Biopharmaca Research Center, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, Bali Partnership Fund (Sub-account A), Republic of Korea, Norway
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This 36-month project aims to increase the contribution of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) to forest-sector earnings in East Kalimantan through the establishment of small-scale NTFP industries focusing on medicinal plants from the forests and a marketing system of NTFPs. Project activities will focus on the establishment of plantations for selected NTFPs on both state and private lands, as well as on the development of technical guidelines for the sustainable management of NTFP resources, the establishment of appropriate NTFP processing techniques and the development of small-scale NTFP industries and business plans.


Creating and sustaining a market for environmental services from China's tropical forests

Project number :  PD 295/04 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $149,958
Government of China: $116,205
Total: $266,163
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  Chinese Academy of Forestry
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Norway
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This project will propose an optimal marketing model for environmental services of tropical and other forests in China and start the marketing process of China's forest environmental services. Specifically it will produce: 1) a background report on the marketing of environmental tropical forest services in China; 2) a website presenting up-to-date information on the project and relevant topics; 3) the first (experimental) agency of market trading of forest environmental services in China; and 4) two real examples of environmental services' trade.


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'.


Assessing the feasibility of and support for a tropical timber promotional campaign

Project number :  PPD 26/01 (M)
Project country :  Global
budget :  ITTO: $47,600
Total: $47,600
Submitted by :  ITTO
Implementing agencies :  ITTO Secretariat
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This pre-project examined the feasibility of a marketing campaign that aims to change perceptions about wood, encourage its use and foster good practice in the industry.


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'.


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.


Timber and timber products trade flow study in the Philippines

Project number :  PD 133/02 Rev.3 (M)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $126,937
Government of the Philippines: $69,790
Total: $196,727
Submitted by : 
Implementing agencies :  Forest Management Bureau, Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Australia
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

Suppliers and users of timber and timber products are often unaware of each other's needs. In some cases, timber producers complain of low demand for their products while at the same time users complain of a lack of raw material supply. This project is seeking solutions to the information gap by identifying bottlenecks and other problems in the flow of timber and timber products from their sources to end-users. The project is also developing a database of timber and timber products' suppliers and end-users that can be accessed on the internet. This will eventually lead to improved market intelligence in the timber sector and spur demand for products that are the outcome of sustainable forest management strategies.


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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