20 No 3

Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011

 In 1987 the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) commissioned a survey of tropical forest management in its member countries, which was published in 1989 (Poore et al. 1989). It concluded that an insignificant proportion of the world’s tropical forests was managed sustainably, although some—but not all—of the conditions for sustainable management were present in a much larger area. In 2006 ITTO published a second survey (ITTO 2006), which used 2005 as its nominal reporting year and found significant although far from sufficient improvement. 

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Status of tropical forest management


Summary data, by country

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Conclusions and recommendations


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Out on a limb

Jose Carlos Fernandez

Jose Carlos Fernandez, Head of International Affairs, Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), provided the following comments at the launching ceremony for Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011 in Bern, Switzerland, 7 June 2011.

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