Know your timber

26 No 4

The sustainable conservation and use of forests—sustainable forest management, to put it another way—requires an intimate knowledge of the resource and its governance. This edition of the TFU presents articles aimed at increasing knowledge on tropical timber so as to ensure the conservation of certain tree species, promote the legality of forestry operations, and add value to products in the international marketplace.

On page 3, Tereza Pastore and co-authors report on an ITTO project to develop a wood identification technique to assist in monitoring the mahogany trade. The technique involves the use of hand-held nearinfrared spectrometers, and it has proved effective in field trials.

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