2013 Annual Report
2013 was the first year in which ITTO operated under the modalities established by the ITTA, 2006. We resumed publication of two flagships, the Tropical Forest Update and the Tropical Timber Market Report, thus providing valuable information to our stakeholders on sustainable forest management and the tropical timber trade. In this year with the accession of Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006, ITTO’s membership grew to 67, its largest ever number, and further increases are expected.
The year was also distinguished by work carried out in valuable partnerships between ITTO and several institutions such as The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Technical Tropical Timber Association, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Asia–Pacific Forest Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation, the international Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, and BirdLife International, among others.
On the ground, ITTO projects and thematic programmes provided major benefits to our stakeholders, such as, improving sustainable forest management in Africa through the implementation of the ITTO/ATO principles, criteria and indicators for SFM; the characterization of 21 lesser-used timber species in Mexico and Peru; training on the sustainable harvesting and processing of non-timber forest products by local communities in the Philippines; improve the management and use of bamboo by local communities in northwest Peru; adoption of timber tracking and chain of custody practices by medium-sized enterprises in Ghana; etc.
ITTO made progress in 2013 on a range of other topics, such as preparing its strategy to improve knowledge management to tap the wide experience it has acquired in implementing sustainable forest management, hence laying the foundation for even greater impacts in the future.
The 2013 Annual Report provides details of these and other important activities undertaken by ITTO during the year.