13 No 4

The future of forestry

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Photo: Rukmantara

"The ability of a country to follow sustainable development paths is determined to a large extent by the capacity of its people and its institutions..."

This statement is taken from Chapter 37 of Agenda 21, the blueprint for a sustainable future produced by the Earth Summit in 1992. It might seem blindingly obvious, even tautological. But more than a decade on, the international community continues to grapple with the theory and practice of capacity-building in sustainable development, and how it can best assist countries to do it.

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RIL becomes real in Brazil


Photo: D. Dykstra

An innovative ITTO-funded training project has taught loggers, foresters and forestry trainers the how and why of reduced impact logging

By Dennis P. Dykstra and Elias

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Repairing the road to SFM


Photo: Rukmantara

Sustainable forest management remains an important goal in Indonesia, but capacity-building and institution-strengthening must be complemented by a more coherent policy environment at the different levels of government

By Rukmantara

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When foresters have a higher calling


An ITTO project is assisting a forestry school to provide an education program to foresters wishing to strengthen their skills in sustainable forest management planning and practice

By Victor Hugo Achá G. and Ruben Guevara

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Paths to partnerships in central Africa


Photo: C. Ndikumagenge

A review of experiences in forest management partnerships in the Congo Basin should lead to the strengthening of collaborative work there

By D Ngantou, C Ndikumagenge, S M Wehiong and K A Angu

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Training local auditors

ITTO begins a process for developing capacity in tropical countries for auditing the implementation of the ITTO criteria & indicators

By Hanna Nikinmaa and Jussi Lounasvuori

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Out on a limb


Not enough attention is being paid to building forest management capacity within Africa’s civil society

By Parfait Mimbimi Esono

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Council outcomes


Photo: L. Mead, Earth Negotiations

Council delivers a further US$7.6 million for field action in tropical forests

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Countries debate the merits of a new agreement

PrepCom II has prepared the ground for some intriguing negotiations in 2004 to create a successor agreement to the ITTA, 1994

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Moving mahogany

The CITES Appendix II listing of mahogany comes into force

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Fellowship report

Bolivian woods could find a niche in the German parquet market

By Jhony Zapata

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On the conference circuit

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Tropical and topical

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