17 No 3

Into the sunset?

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Photo: A. Compost

Most countries with significant forest resources have, at one time or another, heard their timber sector referred to as a ‘sunset’ industry. This is usually the case when other economic development options present themselves that can appear more dynamic and profitable than turning trees into boards. The rapid developments underway in the climate change negotiations and the coalescence of several new partnerships to provide funds to countries for averting deforestation (see TFU 17/2) have led some observers (and some tropical countries) to see carbon credits and related funds as a new dawn for the conservation and sustainable development of tropical forests. While there is unprecedented momentum (for which the World Bank and other partners, who recently announced a $300 million fund for averted deforestation, are to be congratulated), it is germane to consider the development of other ‘new dawns’ for tropical forestry that have been announced over the past couple of decades.

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Illegal sawnwood in the East Province of Cameroon


Photo: J.L. Betti

An analysis of the economics behind illegal sawnwood trade

By Jean Lagarde Betti and Kadiri Serge Bobo

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Monitoring mahogany

An ITTO project studies mahogany distribution in Peru and factors affecting harvest quotas

By Ignacio Lombardi and Patricia Huerta

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Forest certification in Indonesia


Photo: Tropical Forest Foundation

Evaluation of an ITTO project finds room for improvement in the country’s ecolabelling scheme

By Olav Bakken Jensen

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Advances in teak cloning


Photo: J. Gasana

New developments in teak cloning lead to better plantation stock

By Olivier Monteuuis and Henri-Félix Maître

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Training in SFM


Photo: V.H. Achá (ESFOR)

Evaluation of four ITTO projects in Bolivia, Indonesia and Cameroon shows many trained but only moderate effectiveness

By Ken Rodney

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Measuring the impacts of illegal logging

A new study shows strong economic incentives exist for legal producers of wood products to support measures to reduce illegal logging

By James A. Turner, Frances Maplesden and Steve Johnson

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Out on a limb


The TFU goes out on a limb with Dr Manoel Sobral Filho, who completes his distinguished term as ITTO’s Executive Director in November 2007

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Market trends

Rain and currencies impact tropical timber prices during first half of 2007

By Lauren Flejzor

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Fellowship report

Developing a tree breeding program for Cameroon

By Gusua Roseline Caspa

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On the conference circuit


Reports on the Asia-Pacific Tropical Forest Investment Forum, and the DENR/FAO/ITTO Regional Workshop on Improving Forest Law Compliance and Governance in Southeast Asia

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Recent editions


New books and reports and short training courses for professionals in forestry and related disciplines

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Topical and tropical


Recent developments in tropical forestry

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A comprehensive listing of coming conferences relevant to sustainable tropical forest management

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