19 No 3

Procuring Favourably

Timber procurement policies have evolved rapidly in recent years. Spurred by concerns over illegal logging and unsustainable forestry (often in the tropics), policies restricting purchases to legal and/or sustainable timber have proliferated. Such policies were initially adopted by developed country 

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Timber-procurement policies have a role to play in promoting the sustainable management of tropical forests.

By Markku Simula

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The costs in Cameroon


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VPA and other TPP impacts will be particularly large for informal operators.

By Richard Eba’a Atyi

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Malaysia and the VPA


Photo: B.H. Ghazali

The EU takes its FLEGT action plan to the world’s biggest exporter of tropical logs

By Dato’ Baharuddin Haji Ghazali

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The cost of SFM in Peru

Oscar Perez Contreras


Photo: V. Espinoza

Achieving TPP requirements in Peru will require improvements in all aspects of forest management.

By Oscar Perez Contreras

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Recently funded projects

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Market trends

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Fellowship report


ITTO Fellow from DRC studies community forestry in USA.

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Topical and Tropical

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Recent Editions

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Out on a limb

Sofie Tind Nielsen, project manager for the UK’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), provides the UK perspective on timber procurement

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