15 No 1

Why so glum?

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Photo: C. Vega, Conservation International

Frogs aren't well known for their sense of humour, but they might need to develop one in coming decades. Perhaps more than any other order of animals, frogs and toads are under threat--from phenomena like climate change and habitat destruction and a mysterious fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Several rainforest species have gone missing in recent years and others are becoming rarer: according to the recent Global Amphibian Assessment, 1653 of the 5067 known frog and toad species globally are either threatened or extinct.

This edition of the TFU is not about frogs. But these moist and vocal creatures are as good a symbol as any of the challenges facing advocates of natural tropical forests.

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Cambodia's challenges


An ITTO mission to Cambodia recommends the cautious resumption of timber-harvesting

By Jeff Sayer, Efransjah, Sheikh Ibrahim, Misao Ishijima and Xuhe Chen

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Why don't trade numbers add up?


Photo: A. Sarre

Discrepancies in tropical timber trade data highlight the continuing need to strengthen capacity for data collection and analysis

By Alberto Goetzl

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Private concession certified in Malaysia


Photo: MTCC

Samling Plywood's Sela'an Linau forest management unit in Sarawak is the first private operation to be certified in Malaysia

By Amha bin Buang

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More negotiations in June

The second part of a United Nations negotiating conference made progress on–but didn't conclude–a successor to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994

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What will we want from the forests?

Estimating the current and future demand for forest products and services

By Alf Leslie

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ITTO's new projects

The projects summarised here were financed at the 37th session of the International Tropical Timber Council in December 2004

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Japan: the slumbering giant


Photo: M. Adams

While growth in the Chinese timber sector captures the headlines, Japan is still a major player

By Mike Adams

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Out on a limb


Photo: A. Sarre

The Kyoto Protocol took effect last February. What sort of opportunity does it present for tropical forestry?

By Hwan Ok Ma

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Fellowship report


Photo: Bhim Nath Acharya

Clear policies on the marketing of products from community forests are needed in Nepal to maximise the contribution of forests to sustainable development

By Bhim Nath Acharya

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On the conference circuit


Reports on the Summit on Forests for Heads of States of Central Africa, the Forestry Congress in Venezuela, and a regional coordination workshop on the rehabilitation of tsunami-affected forest ecosystems

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Recent editions


New books and reports

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Announcement of the ITTO international conference on tropical plywood in Beijing, study tour on sustainable livelihoods and community forestry, and more

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Short training courses for professionals in forestry and related disciplines

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

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