Project portfolio

The following is a list of ITTO projects helping develop human resources and institutions 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.


Adoption and implementation of the forestry information system (FIS) for the Philippines

Project number :  PD 353/05 Rev.2 (M,F,I)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $477,889
Government of the Philippines: $238,510
Total: $716,399
Submitted by :  Government of the Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Forest Management Bureau (FMB)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Australia
Financed at session No :  40

Summary

The Forest Management Bureau (FMB), a staff bureau of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is mandated to provide support for the effective protection, development, occupancy management, and conservation of forest resources and forestlands. In view of this mandate, the FMB provides technical support and assists in the monitoring of all forestry-related projects, programs and activities that the DENR is presently pursuing.

As a critical factor in the efforts of the FMB to support all of these activities, there is a need to provide all the necessary information to all the different actors for the effective implementation of these projects. There is a need to manage the tremendous quantity of data that is generated from all of these activities and to transform the data into meaningful information that will provide support for the effective supervision and monitoring of all projects and planning of future interventions.

This project is a major output of the pilot project on the "Development and Implementation of the Pilot Project of the Forestry Statistics Information System" [PD 41/99 Rev.1 (M)]. The information system modules have already been developed and implemented in the Central Office and the two Pilot Regional Offices. Unfortunately, the outputs of the two pilot regions do not reflect the forest situation in the entire Philippines. Therefore, the rest of the DENR Forest Management Services in the regional, provincial and community offices of the DENR must adopt and implement the Forestry Information System (FIS) to produce countrywide statistical and geographic information on the forest situation.


Application of the internal monitoring of SFM performance at forest management unit level

Project number :  PD 389/05 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $381,888
Government of Indonesia: $226,850
Total: $608,738
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Directorate General of Forest Production Development in collaboration with the Association of Indonesian Forest Concession Holders (APHI)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Norway, Australia, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  40

Summary

This project proposal was built on the findings of ITTO Project PD 42/00 Rev.1 (F) "Training of Trainers for the Application of the ITTO and the National Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management at Forest Management Unit Level" that was completed in 2004. Project PD 42/00 concluded that the absence of performance monitoring system at forest management unit level is one of the major causes of the slow progress in the achievement of sustainable forest management in Indonesia. The internal monitoring of SFM performance system produced by Project PD 42/00 will enhance the effectiveness of the control of the government over the forest concessions if it is adopted by the forest management units.

This proposed project is aimed at accelerating the implementation of SFM practices by member companies of the Association of Indonesian Forest Concession Holders (APHI). Its specific objectives are: i) to improve the capability of human resources in the application of the SFM Performance Internal Monitoring System developed under Project PD 42/00 Rev.1 (F), and ii) to promote government policy on the application by FMUs of Internal Monitoring Performance System (IMPS).

The expected main outputs of the project are:

· Design of human resource training formulated and implemented;
· FMUs and government officers trained in the use of IMPS and its Guidelines;
· The IMPS and Guidelines disseminated and implemented; and
· Government policy on IMPS application formulated and effected.


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.


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.


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.


Development of national principles, criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of Congo forest based on the ITTO criteria and indicators for SFM

Project number :  PD 272/04 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $447,702
Government of Congo: $96,504
Total: $544,206
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  General Directorate for the Forest Economy Direction (Direction Générale de l'Economie Forestière – DGEF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Bali Partnership Fund (Sub-account A), USA
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This project will assess and promote sustainable forest management in Congolese forests. It will develop a set of national criteria and indicators (C&I) adapted to Congo's specific conditions based on ITTO's C&I in order to assess the progress towards SFM at both the national and forest management unit levels. It will also develop national expertise in SFM auditing procedures through training.


Antimary Forest Management Regional Training Center

Project number :  PD 248/03 Rev.4 (F)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $577,800
FUNTAC: $207,000
Total: $784,800
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  State of Acre Technology Foundation (FUNTAC)
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This project will contribute to the sustainability of forest management practices in the western Amazon and the achievement of ITTO's Objective 2000 through the establishment of a regional training centre for sustainable forest management in the State of Acre. This centre will take advantage of the existing facilities in the Antimary State Forest and will focus on improving the knowledge and capacities of forest operators and forest workers at the forest management unit level. It will also put in place several dissemination mechanisms oriented towards the promotion of sustainable forest management practices not only for the Brazilian states of Acre, Amazonas, Rondonia and Mato Grosso but also for the Bolivian departments of Pando and Beni and the Peruvian department of Madre de Dios.


Promoting access to forest-sector activities by Gabonese nationals through the development of the SME forest partnership

Project number :  PD 347/05 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Gabon
budget :  ITTO: $313,200
Government of Gabon: $71,000
Total: $384,200
Submitted by :  Government of Gabon
Implementing agencies :  Direction Generale des Eaux et Forêts
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Norway, France
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This project will promote the participation of Gabonese nationals in the sustainable management of forest concessions and the further processing of timber at the domestic level. It will identify and initiate a mechanism to promote and finance forest logging and timber-processing activities by Gabonese-owned small- and medium-sized forest industries. At project completion, conditions will have been created to promote the emergence of national operators fully involved in the sustainable management of forests and industrial timber-processing.


Building a framework and strategy for sustainable forest management in Trinidad and Tobago

Project number :  PD 234/03 Rev.3 (F)
Project country :  Trinidad and Tobago
budget :  ITTO: $233,820
Government of Trinidad and Tobago: $414,345
Total: $648,165
Submitted by :  Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Implementing agencies :  Ministry of Public Utilities and Environment, Trinidad and Tobago
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This project aims to optimise the contribution of the forest resources of Trinidad and Tobago to national economic development through consensus-based sustainable forest management, as recommended by an ITTO diagnostic mission in 2002. Specifically, the project will focus on the revision of the current forestry sector framework and strategy with a view to enhancing human resource skills and the knowledge base in order to provide adequate national expertise for a multipleuse, multi-stakeholder-managed forest resource base.


Technical assistance for the formulation of a project aimed at capacity strengthening for the sustainable management of natural and planted tropical forests

Project number :  PPD 45/02 Rev.3 (M)
Project country :  Panama
budget :  ITTO: $32,022
Government of Panama: $13,270
Total: $45,292
Submitted by :  Government of Panama
Implementing agencies :  Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan Forestry Agency
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

Panama has approximately 3,364,591 hectares of natural forests, of which about 350,000 hectares can be considered to be production forests. However, the high deforestation rate and the use of ineficient forest harvesting techniques are threatening to deplete the forest resources in the country.

The objective of this pre-project is to formulate a project proposal aimed at capacity strengthening with a view to promoting the sustainable management of Panama's forests so as to ensure, in the medium and long terms, the national supply of Panamanian forest products to meet the requirements of the international tropical timber market and thus provide the possibility of increasing exports and of generating foreign exchange earnings, while promoting the conservation of natural forests.


Tropical forest fire monitoring and management system based on satellite remote sensing data in China

Project number :  PD 228/03 Rev.3 (F)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $230,000
Government of China: $172,500
Total: $402,500
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  Research Institute of Forest Resources Information Techniques of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (IFRIT – CAF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Australia
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

Available forest fire statistics indicate that annually, more than 3000 forest fires occur in the tropical regions of China damaging more than 10,000 hectares of forest areas. The high forest fire occurrence can be attributed to the insufficient fire prevention capability, which in turn is due to the lack of adequate mechanisms for fire detection and monitoring as well as for forest fire data collection, management and information dissemination.

The project is aimed at reducing the frequency of forest fires and forest losses from fire, strengthening forest protection and accelerating the sustainable development and utilization of tropical forests in China. Its specific objectives are: a) to improve forest fire monitoring and fire danger forecasting in the experimental and demonstration area in Guangdong Province; b) to promote forest fire management at the provincial, district and county levels through the establishment of TropFireMAS (Tropical Forest Fire Monitoring and Management System Based on Satellite Remote Sensing Data in China) and through demonstrations and technical training.

The main outputs of the project are:

· TropFire MAS is established and operational;
· Operation and application of TropFire MAS are demonstrated;
· Technical training is conducted;
· Public education and training on fire prevention are conducted;
· Technical Reports on TropFireMAS are published and disseminated.


Conservation and recovery of degraded land in family agriculture units in the eastern Brazilian Amazon

Project number :  PD 346/05 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $324,000
National counterpart: $191,700
Total: $515,700
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  Embrapa Eastern Amazon
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

Brazilian environmental legislation stipulates that 80% of the rural Amazon, excluding conservation areas along the rivers and in water catchments, should remain under forest cover. However, this legislation is hardly applied and deforestation is spreading rapidly, in particular in what has now been called the arc of deforestation that extends from Maranhâo to Tocantins. The main causes are ranching, uncontrolled timber and NTFP harvesting, slash-and-burn agriculture and, more recently, mechanized agriculture. It has been reported that 200,000 km2 of forest have been deforested and degraded in the last ten years; a significant proportion of such degraded lands eventually support secondary (regrowth) forests.

The objective of this project is to contribute towards the recovery of degraded areas on family-owned lands in the eastern Amazon through capacity-building among farmers in the project area, networking of partnerships involving farmers, scholar students, research institutions, and producers’ associations interested in the rehabilitation of degraded forests. The project will also include the establishment and monitoring of demonstration areas using various schemes and a review of current legislation with a view to reducing deforestation and promoting the rehabilitation of degraded lands. The project plans to involve 150 farmer families and to establish 20 demonstration areas, of which nine will be monitored in order to collect and process biophysical and chemical information.


Development and delivery of a vocational training programme in reduced impact logging and sustainable forest management practices in Guyana

Project number :  PD 333/05 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Guyana
budget :  ITTO: $361,897
Government of Guyana: $441,431
Forestry Training Centre Inc: $80,155
Forest Enterprises: $136,130
TFF/Caterpillar Inc: $135,000
Total: $1,154,613
Submitted by :  Government of Guyana
Implementing agencies :  Forestry Training Centre Incorporated
ITTO funding sources :  USA, France, Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

The purpose of this 24-month project is to continue and expand vocational training in sustainable forest management and reduced-impact logging practices in Guyana. The project will build on the experience, successes, partnerships, and assets base of the Forestry Training Centre Incorporated (FTCI), which was established in May 2003 through ITTO Project PD 68/01 Rev.2 (I). The FTCI has prepared a training manual consisting of 17 modules that describe the process of reduced impact logging (RIL) step-by-step and has organized two training courses and one workshop to provide practical training in RIL for skill-levels from forest managers to field-based operators. In view of a further demand for SFM/RIL training and the existing capacity in terms of human resources and facilities to deliver such training, a continuation and broadening of this programme is proposed.

This project will assist human resource development and institutional strengthening in the forestry sector in Guyana. One of the main project activities is to continue the RIL training programme consisting of 27 practical training courses targeting 234 forestry professionals at all levels. The second component of the project activities aims to develop a RIL system and special training programme tailored to the needs of small-scale and community forest operators. 36 persons are expected to benefit from this programme. The third part of the project activities is to broaden the vocational sustainable forest management training programme beyond RIL practices by developing four additional training courses: forest management planning and code of practice standards, forest surveying and mapping, tree species identification, and auditing practices for Criteria and Indicators, from which courses 96 persons are expected to benefit.


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.


Establishment of a network to facilitate collection, processing and dissemination of statistics pertaining to tropical timber and other forestry parameters in India

Project number :  PD 291/04 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  India
budget :  ITTO: $216,378
ICFRE: $25,100
Total: $241,478
Submitted by :  Government of India
Implementing agencies :  Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Republic of Korea, Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

The project will establish a network to collect, process and disseminate data related to the forestry sector of India. The project will develop a set of formats in line with the formats of ITTO and other international agencies interested in the forestry operations of the world. A manual for implementation of the network will also be developed along with the required training courses for the field level investigators. The data processing and dissemination capabilities of ICFRE will be developed with an aim to minimize the response time to the demands of data by ITTO and other interested parties both at National and International level.


Training of trainers in the application of ITTO and national criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management at the forest management unit level

Project number :  PD 42/00 (F)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $550,448
APHI $121,193
Total: $671,641
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Association of Indonesian Forest Concession Holders (APHI)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

This project developed a curriculum and training module for the education of concessionaire personnel in sustainable forest management based on the ITTO and national-level criteria and indicators. It trained 230 'trainers' within forest concession companies across five regions of Indonesia; these trainers now form the basis of a database of expertise at the national level maintained by APHI.


Specialization program for forest technicians on sustainable tropical forest management in Bolivia

Project number :  PD 63/97 Rev.3 (F)
Project country :  Bolivia
budget :  ITTO: $564,556
ETSFOR: $240,423
Total: $804,979
Submitted by :  Government of Bolivia
Implementing agencies :  Universidad Mayor 'San Simon' through ETSFOR (Higher Technical Forestry College)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This project is strengthening the institutional capabilities of ESFOR, an institution located in Cochabamba dedicated to the training of forestry technicians.


Implementation of a management plan by the Chiquiaca and Orozas communities in Tarija, Bolivia

Project number :  PD 44/99 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Bolivia
budget :  ITTO: $285,589
PROMETA: $62,850
Chiquiaca Community: $58,000
Orozas Community: $58,000
PROBONA: $41,000
Total: $503,789
Submitted by :  Government of Bolivia
Implementing agencies :  Tarija Environmental Protection – PROMETA – in cooperation with Intercooperation/PROBONA
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

The Chiquiaca and Orozas communities in Bolivia's Department of Tarija have developed community-based forest management plans. This three-year project is providing technical and financial support to the communities for the legal implementation of their plans, starting with activities in one of each community's micro-watershed areas.


Processing and utilisation of almaciga (Agathis philippinensis Warb.) resin as a source of industrial chemicals

Project number :  PD 36/99 Rev.4 (I)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $342,743
Government of Philippines: $381,000
Total: $723,743
Submitted by :  Government of the Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Forest Products Research and Development Institute
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

The specific objectives of the project are to study the technical and economic aspects of refining crude almaciga resin at a pilot scale and to develop industrial chemicals from refined resin. The project involves the promotion and transfer of improved tapping techniques for almaciga resin and development work for increased and further processing of the resin into higher value products in order to promote development opportunities and income in almaciga-producing forest communities.


Non-timber production and sustainable development in the Amazon

Project number :  PD 31/99 Rev.3 (I)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $387,185
UnB: $120,000 (in kind)
IBGE: $104,000 (in kind)
ABC/UAP: $30,000 (in kind)
Brazilian Service for Small-size and Medium Enterprises: $14,000 (in kind)
Total: $655,185
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  University of Brasilia
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This 24-month project is continuing the research and extension work on the promotion of non-timber production in the Amazon initiated under ITTO project PD 143/91 Rev.2 (I) 'Non-wood tropical forest products: processing, collection and trade'. It is collecting and making available comprehensive socioeconomic and technological information on non- timber production in the Amazon. It is also adding to a Portuguese-language database of Amazonian non-wood forest products.


Development of a demonstration area in the sustainable management of Gabonese forests

Project number :  PD 8/98 Rev.4 (F)
Project country :  Gabon
budget :  ITTO: $458,695
Government of Gabon: $377,930
Total: $836,625
Submitted by :  Government of Gabon
Implementing agencies :  National School of Forestry (ENEF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This project is establishing a demonstration area of about 100,000 hectares with an operational forest concessionaire, where activities leading to sustainable forest management can be tested and demonstrated.This demonstration area is also providing training for national staff and generating additional information on sustainable forest management.


Training workshop on further processing of tropical timber in the Asia-Pacific region

Project number :  PD 20/00 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Asia-Pacific
budget :  ITTO: $192,432
KFRI: $34,600
Total: $227,032
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Korea
Implementing agencies :  Korean Forestry Research Institute (KFRI)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Australia
Financed at session No :  28

Summary

This project is organising a regional training workshop on further processing of tropical timber in the Asia-Pacific region in Seoul, Korea, with a view to promoting value-added manufacturing opportunities for tropical timber.


Rehabilitating degraded forest through collaboration with local communities

Project number :  PD 30/97 Rev.6 (F)
Project country :  Ghana
budget :  ITTO: $329,571
Government of Ghana: ¢64.8 million
Total: $329,571 + ¢64.8 million
Submitted by :  Government of Ghana
Implementing agencies :  Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This project is investigating forest degradation and rehabilitation in the moist semi-deciduous and dry semi-deciduous forest ecological zones of Ghana. In collaboration with local communities it is promoting the rehabilitation of degraded forests through demonstration plantings and the training of local people.


Sustainable forest management and human resources development in Indonesia, Phase III

Project number :  PD 89/90 (F)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $1,098,900
Total: $1,098,900
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This is the third phase of a capacity-building project that started in 1993. The overall objective is to contribute to sustainable development in Indonesia through the improvement of policies and practices to enhance the economic efficiency of tropical forest resource management. In this phase, the project is addressing criteria and indicators, forest fire, institutional strengthening, and local participation in the management of the Bukit Baka/Bukit Raya National Park.


Study on the behaviour of native timber species of commercial value in the tropical moist forests of Honduras, Phase 1

Project number :  PD 22/99 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Honduras
budget :  ITTO: $401,955
ESNACIFOR: $80,350
Total: $482,305
Submitted by :  Government of Honduras
Implementing agencies :  National Forestry Science School (ESNACIFOR)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This project aims to secure quality germoplasm from 40 tropical broad-leaved timber species and to consolidate and transfer technical, scientific and financial information on these 40 species at the nursery, phenological and plantation levels.


Latin American Forestry Congress

Project number :  PD 18/99 Rev.1 (M,F,I)
Project country :  Latin Amercia
budget :  ITTO: $220,495
CNF: $28,000
INRENA: $26,000
UNALM: $25,500
CIP: $40,500
Total: $340,495
Submitted by :  Government of Peru
Implementing agencies :  Peruvian Society of Engineers (CIP)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This project supported the establishment of the Latin American Forestry Congress as a permanent forum for forestry in the region, promoting broad-based discussions among Latin American ITTO member countries on matters relevant to sustainable tropical forest development and management.


Strengthening sustainable management of natural forests in Asia-Pacific

Project number :  PPD 19/99 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Asia-Pacific
budget :  ITTO: $127,655
JIFPRO: $34,250
DA Forest Service: $40,000
Gov't of Indonesia: $10,000
Total: $211,905
Submitted by :  Governments of Indonesia and Australia
Implementing agencies :  Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
ITTO funding sources :  USA, Australia, ITTO (un-earmarked funds)
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This pre-project assisted member countries of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission in the implementation of a regional code of practice for forest harvesting. This included raising awareness of the issues and potential for improved forest harvesting practices, developing a practical and comprehensive training strategy with appropriate training guidelines and modules, and reviewing the experiences of alternative model forest management areas.


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.


Contribution to the development of skills and technical training structures at the Mbalmayo School of Forestry

Project number :  PD 77/01 Rev. 2 (I,F)
Project country :  Cameroon
budget :  ITTO: $274,880
Government of Cameroon: $117,850
Total: $392,730
Submitted by :  Government of Cameroon
Implementing agencies :  Mbalmayo School of Forestry with the assistance of the training unit of the Ministry of the Environment and Forests
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This project is working to improve the expertise and structures of the Mbalmayo School of Forestry. The specific objectives are to establish an appropriate framework for the development of skills of the personnel in charge of forest management and the forest industry by improving the training structures of the School of Forestry and to develop a training and retraining master plan for the school.


Training in reduced impact logging in Cambodia

Project number :  PD 65/01 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Cambodia
budget :  ITTO: $274,933
Government of Cambodia: $49,000
Total: $323,933
Submitted by :  Government of Cambodia
Implementing agencies :  Cambodian Department of Forestry & Wildlife
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This project is training foresters, supervisors, managers and trainers from the Department of Forestry and Wildlife and the private sector, including concessionaires, in the practice of reduced impact logging, with a view to strengthening efforts towards sustainable forest management in the country. It is also establishing a demonstration area in the Kompong Thom forest in central Cambodia.


Productive forest management for the rural reserve area of Guaviare

Project number :  PD 32/99 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Colombia
budget :  ITTO: $617,318
Government of Colombia: $373,800
Total: $991,118
Submitted by :  Government of Colombia
Implementing agencies :  Corporacióne Ordenamiento Territorial Sinergia
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

This project is supporting the implementation of a management plan covering the 0.5 million-hectare Rural Reserve Area of Guaviare. Specifically, it is: providing information and training to rural families on the establishment of successful forestry, agroforestry and sylvo-pastoral systems; implement demonstration plots to test forest production options for increasing the capacity of rural families to manage their natural resources; and zone areas for forest management, forest rehabilitation and protection, and agriculture.


Improved living standard for the people through community participation in sustainable forest management

Project number :  PPD 22/99 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Asia Pacific
budget :  Government of Cambodia: $23,000
ITTO: $77,121
Total: $100,121
Submitted by :  Government of Cambodia
Implementing agencies :  Department of Forestry and Wildlife
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

This pre-project was implemented in the District of Banteay Meas and Angkorchey, Kampot Province, in an area of around 3,900 hectares that has been allocated to community forestry. The pre-project worked to increase awareness among communities, NGOs, field foresters, forest administrators, policy makers and other stakeholders of the importance of community participation in sustainable forest management.


Model communication and public awareness program for sustainable forest development in Ecuador

Project number :  PPD 13/99 Rev.1 (M,F,I)
Project country :  Ecuador
budget :  ITTO: $54,500
COMAFORS*: $6,000
Total: $60,500
Submitted by :  Government of Ecuador
Implementing agencies :  *Corporacion de Manejo Forestal Sustentable
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund
Financed at session No :  29

Summary

This pre-project conducted a survey and used other information sources to assess attitudes towards sustainable forest development. It determined the most appropriate means and activities for disseminating information on forests and forest management to the public and produced a project proposal to facilitate implementation of an education/communication strategy for Ecuador's forests.


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

Project number :  PPD 51/02 Rev.1 (I)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $102,464
Government of the Philippines: $73,350
Total: $175,814
Submitted by :  Government of the Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This pre-project is assessing the socioeconomic acceptability and financial and market feasibility of rattan production and utilisation technologies in Southeast Asia.


Development and implementation of the pilot project of the forestry statistics information system (FSIS)

Project number :  PD 41/99 Rev.4 (M)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $261,081
Government of Philippines: $164,200
Total: $425,281
Submitted by :  Government of the Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Forest Management Bureau (FMB), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Australia
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

This project is supporting the FMB in the collection, organisation and analysis of forestry data pertinent to the FMB's mandate. The main aims of the project are to ensure the timely flow of information within the organisation to support policy decision-makers, and to optimise the use of available people and technology within DENR.


Dissemination of forest development and research results obtained during the implementation of the Technical Project for Forest Conservation—CEMARE

Project number :  PD 67/01 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Panama
budget :  ITTO: $147,173
ANAM: $109,815
Total: $256,988
Submitted by :  Government of Panama
Implementing agencies :  National Environmental Authority (ANAM)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This project is disseminating the results of twelve technical studies carried out by ANAM with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.


National forest inventory and forest resources monitoring program in Bolivia

Project number :  PD 17/99 Rev.3 (F)
Project country :  Bolivia
budget :  ITTO: $397,777
Government of Bolivia: $151,724
Total: $549,501
Submitted by :  Government of Bolivia
Implementing agencies :  Vice-Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This project is developing and implementing a program for the inventory, re-inventory and monitoring of the forest resource. It is also establishing a Forest Information and Evaluation Centre, the institution that will be responsible for forest resource monitoring.


Training in reduced impact logging in Guyana

Project number :  PD 68/01 Rev.2 (I)
Project country :  Latin America
budget :  ITTO: $427,710
Government of Guyana: $395,650
Forest industry: $182,000
TFF: $158,150
Total: $1,163,510
Submitted by :  Government of Guyana
Implementing agencies :  Guyana Forestry Commission in cooperation with the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This project is developing a national reduced impact logging (RIL) training program that includes demonstration models of good RIL practices, a training facility, the training of trainers and other personnel in RIL, and a long-term plan to sustain the program.


Development of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in the Philippines

Project number :  PPD 29/01 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Philippines
budget :  ITTO: $88,646
DENR (in kind): $43,940
Total: $132,586
Submitted by :  Government of Philippines
Implementing agencies :  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This pre-project assisted the Philippines to promote the sustainable management of its forest resources in accordance with ITTO's Objective 2000 by formulating criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management and developing manuals and an action program for their field application.


Development of criteria and indicators for sustainable management appropriate to Brazilian tropical forests

Project number :  PD 140/02 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $396,313
ABIMCI/FORUM/SBS: $166,100
Total: $563,663
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  Brazilian Association of Mechanically Processed Timber (ABIMCI) in cooperation with the National Forum of Forest Organizations (FORUM), the Brazilian Society for Silviculture (SBS), and others
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  32

Summary

This project is developing a harmonised set of criteria and indicators (C&I) for the sustainable management of Brazilian tropical forests, taking into consideration the ITTO C&I and the Tarapoto regional initiative. It is also developing and field-testing a manual for applying the Brazilian C&I and conducting training courses in its use.


Improvement of rubberwood utilization and marketing in Thailand

Project number :  PD 51/00 Rev. 2 (I,M)
Project country :  Thailand
budget :  ITTO: $406,138
Government of Thailand: $100,020
Thai Rubberwood Industry Association: $32,230
Total: $538,388
Submitted by :  Government of Thailand
Implementing agencies :  Forest Products Research & Development Division, Forest Research Office, Royal Forest Department
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Republic of Korea
Financed at session No :  30

Summary

This project aims to help the Thai furniture industry regain its competitive edge in world markets. Specifically, through a series of appropriate training seminars and the provision of suitable methodologies it is upgrading national skills and capabilities in rubberwood resource assessment, industrial management, processing technologies and the export marketing of furniture.


Development of human resources in sustainable forest management and reduced impact logging in the Brazilian Amazon

Project number :  PD 206/03 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Brazil
budget :  ITTO: $599,650
TFF: $979,960
Total: $1,579,610
Submitted by :  Government of Brazil
Implementing agencies :  Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, USA
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

The lack of qualified and trained forestry practitioners is a key problem impeding the adoption of good forest management in the Amazon. This recently initiated project, which follows ITTO project PD 45/97 Rev.1 (F): 'On-site training of tropical foresters and forestry trainers' implemented in Belem, Brazil, will increase the adoption of forest management and reduced impact logging (FM-RIL) practices by timber producers in Amazonian production forests through practical training, and promote and disseminate good forest management practices amongst stakeholders in the Brazilian Amazon through extension work. The project comprises a three-part strategy designed to develop human resources in the forest sector of Amazon Basin countries. The first consists of 38 practical training courses targeting 410 forestry professionals at all levels and tailored to their diverse needs and interests. The second component will promote interest in FM-RIL and raise awareness about its importance and benefits among the numerous forest stakeholders; at least 400 people are expected to participate in these events. The third component of the project strategy is to continue the successful FM-RIL training program developed under the previous project.


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.


Promotion and transfer of knowledge on sustainable forest management models to timber producers

Project number :  PD 23/00 Rev.4 (F)
Project country :  Peru
budget :  ITTO: $420,212
CNF: $242,565
Forest concessionaires: $150,000
Total: $812,777
Submitted by :  Government of Peru
Implementing agencies :  Camara Nacional Forestal with the active participation of forest concessionaires, industrialists' assoc., professionals, NGOs, the Min. of Agriculture, MITINCI, PROMPEX, technological inst. & univs.
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is focusing on the training and education of Peruvian Amazon forest stakeholders in sustainable forest management techniques, including the ITTO criteria and indicators, to promote private investments in the forest sector and the use of appropriate technologies.


Information and training program for sustainable forest management in the Peruvian Amazon

Project number :  PD 178/02 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Peru
budget :  ITTO: $185,097
IIAP: $56,769
Total: $241,866
Submitted by :  Government of Peru
Implementing agencies :  Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana—IIAP)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, USA
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is establishing a sustainable forest management information system (SIMFOS) to provide information and specialised tools and to facilitate the exchange of experiences among key forest-sector stakeholders in the region. With the support of Amazonian universities and regional cooperation groups, the project is also providing training on sustainable forest management to 60 leaders.


Use of remote sensing technology and information systems to support forestry legislation monitoring in the Republic of Congo

Project number :  PD 176/02 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $577,676
Government of Congo: $121,408
WRI: $193,330
Total: $892,414
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with Congo's National Centre for Forest and Fauna Inventories and Management
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Switzerland, USA
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is collecting accurate geographic data on forest companies and logging areas, using forest-related information and information management technologies to enhance forest law enforcement and establish reasonable and fair logging terms for logging companies. It is also providing training to local staff in the use of GIS-based law-enforcement monitoring tools.


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.


Capacity building for the development of a sustainable rattan sector in China based on plantation sources

Project number :  PD 100/01 Rev.3 (I)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $504,369
Government of China: $479,213
Total: $983,582
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  China International Network Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (CINCEBAR)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is helping to build capacity for sustainable rattan development in China by demonstrating rattan plantation management schemes in three different ecological zones and providing guidance and training on rattan plantation management to farmers and foresters in local communities in southern China.


Program to facilitate and promote adoption of reduced impact logging (RIL) in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific region

Project number :  PD 110/01 Rev.4 (I)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $611,863
Government of Indonesia: $74,500
Forest indtry: $261,000
TFF: $81,400
Total: $1,028,763
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Centre for Forestry Education and Training (CFET), Ministry of Forestry, in cooperation with the Tropical Forest Foundation
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, the Netherlands
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is increasing the awareness of key forestry sector stakeholders—managers of forest industry groups, officers of government forestry agencies, NGOs, media and community leaders—about the requirements and benefits of improved logging planning and implementation, strengthening the capacity of forestry institutions to promote and facilitate the implementation of reduced impact logging, and establishing a corps of forest technicians, supervisors and forest workers trained in the practical techniques of reduced impact logging.