Project portfolio

The following is a list of ITTO projects in the field of statistical capacity building 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.

Strengthening of the Forest Statistics and Information Center (CIEF)

Project number :  PD 443/07 Rev.1 (M)
Project country :  Honduras
budget :  ITTO: $230,023
Government of Honduras: $168,928
Total: $398,951
Submitted by :  Government of Honduras
Implementing agencies :  Administración Forestal del Estado – AFE-COHDEFOR
Financed at session No :  42

Summary

This project is an output of the pre-project PPD 93/04 (M) “Analysis of the Current Status and Development of a Project Proposal for the Strengthening of the Forest Statistical Information Centre in Honduras”.

The project is aimed at strengthening the FOREST STATISTICS AND INFORMATION CENTRE – CIEF of the National Forest Administration – Honduran Forest Development Corporation (AFE-COHDEFOR), through the establishment of an integrated forest statistics and information system that will increase the contribution and relevance of the forest sub-sector to the country’s social, economic and environmental development, while at the same time strengthening local, regional and institutional capacities. The project will standardise and integrate methodologies, procedures and instruments for the collection, storage, analysis and dissemination of information in the following thematic areas: Economic Development, Protected Areas and Wildlife, Social Forestry System, Forest and Environmental Protection, Technical Auditing, and Management & Administration. An integrated system is expected to be developed based on a forest statistical and spatial database with Windows and Web interfaces. Training will be provided for the personnel in charge of the establishment and operation of the system and for system users, on the basis of partnerships to be established between public and private institutions and professional/trade organisations. A technological platform will be established to support the system in information technology and telecommunication aspects.


National forest statistical information system in Guatemala

Project number :  PD 340/05 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  Guatemala
budget :  ITTO: $305,523
Government of Guatemala: $161,390
Total: $466,913
Submitted by :  Government of Guatemala
Implementing agencies :  Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  40

Summary

Forest sector institutions in Guatemala, both at the government (regulation, control and incentives) and private (industrialisation and marketing) levels have to date made individual efforts to generate reliable information. Even though these efforts have been very significant, these are not consistent with a comprehensive policy that could provide statistical information at the national level. Thus, these individual efforts can resolve temporary internal problems within the respective institutions but are not based on a long-term vision and often produce conflictive information by applying different methods of data evaluation.

Against this backdrop, this project seeks to become a binding agent, identifying primary information-generating institutions in the country. The project will introduce state-of-the-art information technologies so that the regional units of the institutions in charge of forest control may have monitoring tools and adequate communications infrastructure available. These units report directly to their headquarters in the Capital of the Republic and currently rely, in many aspects, on the information generated by these central offices. Under this new scheme, the responsibility for forest management monitoring and control will be decentralised to these units, thus ensuring an expeditious information gathering process and appropriate processing of the information collected, as the situation varies from one region to the other. As a complement to data collection activities, statistical analysis tools will be developed to study the performance of forest activities through the harvesting, industrialization and marketing stages, making use of the quality information generated by the system. These tools will help improve the basis for decision and policy making in the forest sector. Furthermore, the data generation procedures of private agencies will be strengthened through their managing bodies so that these can actively participate in the production of reliable statistics at the national level.

This will ensure the achievement of the development objective i.e. "To contribute to the social and economic development of the country by providing timely, easy-to-access and reliable information on forest activities as the basis for the development of policies to promote national and foreign investments in the sector".


Enhancement of the forest statistics information & management system (STATFOR) through the integration of a computer module for processed log management

Project number :  PD 182/03 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  Gabon
budget :  ITTO: $285,768
Government of Gabon: $153,850
Total: $439,618
Submitted by :  Government of Gabon
Implementing agencies :  Direction des Inventaires, des Aménagements et de la Régéneration des Forêts (DIARF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This project is designed to further develop the STATFOR computerised forest management/monitoring system developed in three earlier ITTO projects [PD 36/92 (M), PD 15/98 Rev.2 (M) and PD 56/00 Rev.3 (M)] and which is also being used in a large World Bank project currently under way in Gabon. The project will create a new module for STATFOR called TRANSFOR which will extend the bar-code monitoring system developed earlier for logs to processed products like sawnwood and veneer. This will assist the government in monitoring the movement of logs from felling to final product, thereby improving tax revenues and laying a foundation for the eventual certification of exported timber products.


Enhancement of the present situation and development of a strategy and project for enhancing the national forestry statistics management system

Project number :  PPD 61/02 Rev.2 (M)
Project country :  Côte d'Ivoire
budget :  ITTO: $62,555
Total: $62,555
Submitted by :  Government of Côte d'Ivoire
Implementing agencies :  Ministère des Eaux et Forêts (Direction de la Planification de la Programmation, des Projets et des ONG)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

This pre-project will: evaluate the present situation regarding capacities, human and material, and data collection, processing and analysis methods; propose a strategy for the implementation of an operational system able to provide forestry statistics on a permanent basis; organise a workshop for the dissemination and validation of the strategy; and formulate a project proposal for the enhancement of the national forestry statistics system.


Multispectral three-dimensional aerial digital imagery for monitoring forest management and conservation in the Republic of Congo

Project number :  PD 360/05 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $701,549
Government of Congo: $411,346
Winrock International: $154,500
Total: $1,267,395
Submitted by :  Government of Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  Winrock International in collaboration with Centre National d'inventaires et d'aménagement des Ressources Forestières et Fauniques and the Wildlife Conservation Society
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Norway, France
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

This project, which awaits a small amount of funding, will develop a transparent forest monitoring system for the sustainable management of Congolese forests at the national and forest management unit levels. Outputs will include: high-resolution aerial digital imagery over southwestern Congo forests and concessions; digital images for tactical planning in forest management planning; a comparison of planned and actual harvest rates and forest charges valuation; a methodology for use by stakeholders in biodiversity monitoring and habitat assessment; the use of digital 3D imagery to monitor legal logging volumes, detect illegal logging and provide a transparent basis for revenue assessment; and training in all aspects of image capture, processing and interpretation.


Timbers of tropical Africa part 1: group 7(1) within the PROTA program

Project number :  PD 264/04 Rev.3 (M,I)
Project country :  Ghana
budget :  ITTO: $577,886
PROTA: $626,703
Government of Netherlands: $403,710
Total: $1,608,299
Submitted by :  Government of Ghana
Implementing agencies :  Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Finland
Financed at session No :  38

Summary

As part of a program to document the 7,000 useful plants of tropical Africa arranged into 16 commodity groups, PROTA will make a synthesis of all existing but dispersed knowledge on the estimated 900 timbers of tropical Africa ('commodity group 7') in two parts. The first part will deal with the 350 'timbers of tropical Africa' from the more important timber-producing taxonomic families.


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.


Establishing a forest statistics management system in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Project number :  PPD 62/02 Rev.1 (M)
Project country :  Democratic Republic of Congo
budget :  ITTO: $76,373
Total: $76,373
Submitted by :  Democratic Republic of Congo
Implementing agencies :  Service Permanent d’Inventaire et d’Aménagement Forestiers (SPIAF), Ministère des Affaires Fonciètes, Environnement et Tourisme
ITTO funding sources :  United Kingdom, Norway
Financed at session No :  35

Summary

This pre-project aims to add transparency to the Democratic Republic of Congo's forest sector by developing an efficient forest statistics management system for data collection and processing. It will build on the outputs already achieved in this field with the support of the Central Africa Regional Program for Environment (CARPE) and USAID, undertaking activities such as an inventory of all data collection forms, liaison with and obtaining data from all other relevant organisations, analysis of these data, compilation of information on the statistical systems used by other countries and organizations, and preparation of a project proposal for the full-scale implementation of a forest statistics management system.


Establishment of a sustainable tropical forest products information system in China

Project number :  PD 55/99 Rev.1 (M)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $255,100
Government of China: $81,976
Total: $337,076
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  The Chinese Institute of Scientific and Technological Information
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Australia
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This project emphasised the collection and reporting of tropical forest products information separately in customs statistics and investigated the impact of the recently announced National Forest Protection Program on China’s demand for wood.


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

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

Summary

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


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

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

Summary

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


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.


Enhancement of the Forest Statistics Information and Management System (STATFOR) through the integration of two computer modules: 1) compilation of management inventory data; 2) management of export log lumberyards

Project number :  PD 56/00 Rev.3 (M)
Project country :  Gabon
budget :  ITTO: $261,608
Government of Gabon: $406,940
Total: $668,548
Submitted by :  Government of Gabon
Implementing agencies :  Directorate of Forest Inventory, Management Operation and Regeneration
ITTO funding sources :  Switzerland, USA, Japan
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This project is developing two computer modules to be integrated into Gabon's Forest Statistics Information & Management System (STATFOR).


Development of the National Forest Information System of Guatemala

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

Summary

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

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


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.


Formulating a proposal on demonstration of integrated models for sustainable tropical forestry development

Project number :  PPD 28/01 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $54,166
Government of China: $3,800
Total: $57,966
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  Chinese Academy of Forestry
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Australia
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This pre-project is compiling existing integrated forest management models in China based on an intensive survey and carrying out a diagnosis of local potentials and environmental constraints. Among the main outputs will be a report on the current status of the tropical forest zones in China and a project proposal.


Establishment of a national system of collection, entry, processing and dissemination of forestry and timber statistics in Togo

Project number :  PD 168/02 Rev.1 (M)
Project country :  Togo
budget :  ITTO: $243,594
Government of Togo: $97,096
Total: $340,690
Submitted by :  Government of Togo
Implementing agencies :  Office National de Developpement et d'Exploitation des Forêts
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  33

Summary

This project is developing and establishing a fully operational forestry and timber statistical data collection, processing and dissemination system, managed by local personnel and enabling the development of a permanent data bank, which will serve as an operational control panel for rational decision-making in sustainable forest management.