23 No 4

Going Downstream


Over the years, ITTO has funded many projects and activities aimed at supporting the development of sustainable, value-added timber-based industries in tropical countries. The establishment of local timber-processing (“downstream”) industries can benefit countries in many ways, such as by providing employment, contributing to government revenues and encouraging sustainable forest management and the development of timber plantations. In this edition of the Tropical Forest Update, we examine some of ITTO’s efforts to assist its member countries in going downstream. 

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Contents of 23-4

• Timber that lasts

• Harnessing valuable tropical timber outside natural forests

• Hands-on training to improve factory efficiency

• The new resource

• Waste not a particle

• Hedging bets on ramin

• Safeguarding iroko

• Council announces new funding

• Fellowship report

• Market trends

• Recent editions

• Topical and tropical

• Meetings