Sustainable Development Goals

Main SDG introduction

World leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a historic UN conference in September 2015. The SDGs call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet, thereby recognizing that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies to build economic growth, address social needs, tackle climate change and ensure environmental sustainability.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the sustainable management of productive forests in the tropics, and a sustainable tropical timber trade, can help in meeting future wood demand and achieving the SDGs. ITTO is empowered to promote the expansion of international tropical timber trade from legal and sustainable sources. It is perfectly placed, therefore, to assist countries in their efforts towards all the SDGs, especially SDG 1 (“No poverty”), SDG 12 (“Responsible consumption and production”), SDG 13 (“Climate action”) and SDG 15 (“Life on land”). Some of the ways it is doing this are outlined below.

Select one or multiple SDGs below to see ITTO’s contributions towards achieving them.


 
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The increased consumption of sustainable wood products can provide many economic, social and environmental benefits. ITTO is addressing responsible consumption and production by, for example, helping:

  • Private-sector companies adopt legal and sustainable supply and production systems.
  • Build capacities among small and medium-sized enterprises to better understand and conform with the regulations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
  • Develop national timber-tracking systems to ensure legality.
  • Monitor the implementation of timber legality assurance schemes and the development of forest certification.
  • Increase transparency in the tropical timber trade, including through the Tropical Timber Market Report (published every two weeks) and the Biennial Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation.

Related ITTO contributions for the selected Sustainable Development Goal(s)
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New policy brief launched on evaluation of ITTO projects in Africa

No poverty Zero hunger Quality education Gender equality Clean water and sanitation Decent work and economic growth Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
An evaluation of ten ITTO projects in West and Central Africa established that the projects had “important positive impacts on forests, forest management and local communities” in the countries in which they were implemented, reports a policy brief published by ITTO this week. More
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Celebrating International Youth Day—and working to ensure the future of tropical forests

Quality education Gender equality Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
This year’s theme of International Youth Day, Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, stresses the importance of leveraging the potential of all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Young people are the future custodians of tropical forests; ITTO is investing in them in diverse ways, including through its Fellowship Programme. More
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Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples—tropical forest custodians

No poverty Gender equality Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land
ITTO reiterates its commitment to fully recognizing and supporting the ownership, control, customary rights and role of local communities and Indigenous Peoples on forest land and resources. More
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New training modules available on legal and sustainable timber supply chains in Congo Basin

Quality education Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
ITTO has released four training modules on legal and sustainable tropical timber supply chains in the Congo Basin  aimed at expanding market access for tropical timber produced in the subregion and increasing the contributions of the sector to sustainable development, climate-change mitigation and other regional objectives. More
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Sustainable forestry can provide vital nature-based solutions to crises

No poverty Zero hunger Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible production and consumption Life on land Partnerships for the goals
Sustainable forestry can provide cost-effective solutions to the triple global crises on climate, biodiversity loss and pollution, all of which have been aggravated by recent armed conflicts, according to speakers at a side-event held earlier this month that fed into the 2022 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. More
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Celebrating the International Day of the Tropics—the critical importance of tropical forests

No poverty Quality education Decent work and economic growth Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
The tropics are home to extraordinary forests with the largest and most complex biological and cultural diversity while functioning as huge carbon stores. In celebration of the International Day of the Tropics, we describe some of ITTO’s work in three vital and vast tropical forest ecosystems—the Amazon, the Congo Basin and Southeast Asia. More
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ITTO, CITES hold workshop to discuss agarwood report

Responsible production and consumption Life on land Partnerships for the goals
ITTO and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened a workshop earlier this month to review a draft report on agarwood, a highly valuable fragrant product, as part of ongoing efforts to ensure that trade in the wood does not harm the conservation of agarwood species. More
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Peru’s private sector proposes forest-sector reforms

No poverty Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
Peru’s Forestry Chamber has released a new publication, developed with ITTO support, that takes stock of recent developments in the country’s legal framework and makes proposals to modernize the forest sector and increase its capacity to meet current and future challenges. More
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Singing from the treetops on World Environment Day—local people can create renewable resources

No poverty Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land
An ITTO project in Sulawesi, Indonesia, has increased awareness among farmers of the benefits of a sustainable wood supply using planted native trees. It’s a functioning example of ITTO’s approach to tropical forest conservation and sustainable use aimed at producing positive outcomes for people and the environment, presented here to celebrate World Environment Day. More
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Recognizing the importance of sustainable tropical forestry on International Day for Biological Diversity

Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
Biodiversity is under threat, with a million species facing extinction. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, it has never been more urgent to enhance the essential role of sustainable forest management (SFM) in safeguarding our precious biota. Read on to learn more about the role ITTO is playing in this essential endeavour in the tropics. More
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International Day of Forests 2022: Choosing sustainably produced tropical wood for people and the planet

Responsible production and consumption
Tropical forests and tropical wood products are vital for addressing urgent climate-change challenges and providing the world with much-needed natural resources and rural communities with sustainable development opportunities, according to ITTO Executive Director Sheam Satkuru, speaking on the International Day of Forests. More
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ITTO Executive Director calls for positive messaging on timber

No poverty Responsible production and consumption Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
ITTO Executive Director Sheam Satkuru has suggested that international organizations, governments and other stakeholders jointly promote the message that “harvesting timber sustainably is not deforestation” to overcome public misconceptions about the role of the timber trade in tropical deforestation. More
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Workshop for West and Central African countries builds capacity in forest product statistics

Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible production and consumption Partnerships for the goals
An online workshop co-hosted by ITTO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has improved understanding of data collection and reporting practices in West and Central Africa and identified needs for technical training in areas such as the use of statistical software, survey design, and data communication. More
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Demand for wood to surge in India by 2030—new report

Decent work and economic growth Responsible production and consumption Life on land
There will be a substantial increase in wood consumption in India by 2030, exacerbating an existing shortfall between wood production and demand and increasing the country’s reliance on wood imports, according to an ITTO report that analyzes India’s timber market dynamics to 2030. More
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ITTO’s Independent Market Monitor renews its website

Responsible production and consumption
ITTO’s Independent Market Monitor (IMM) has launched a new website featuring a clean, contemporary design that improves the user experience and increases the accessibility of trade data and market information relevant to Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) between the European Union (EU) and partner countries. More
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Sustainable wood offers pathway out of crisis towards green economy – Collaborative Partnership on Forests

Responsible production and consumption
The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to turn the tide on deforestation and increase the sustainable production and consumption of timber and wood products, according to panelists at a virtual event convened by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) as part of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. More
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Trade transparency boosted by new conversion factors for tropical timber

Responsible production and consumption
ITTO has published a report designed to improve the accuracy of reported trade volumes for tropical primary wood products by deriving “conversion factors”—ratios used to covert one form of measure to another—for tropical logs and sawnwood and thereby increase transparency in the tropical wood products trade. More
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ITTO launches e-course on legal, sustainable timber supply chains

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible production and consumption Life on land
A free online learning course launched by ITTO as part of a global effort to improve forest education will assist entrepreneurs, forestry professionals, government officials and students in understanding legal and sustainable timber supply chains, thereby supporting businesses to meet market requirements for legality and sustainability and improve their forest practices. More
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Non-timber forest products can increase viability of sustainable forestry, says new study

Zero hunger Responsible production and consumption Life on land
Integrating non-timber forest products such as nuts, fruits, latex and rattan into the management of natural tropical timber production forests could be an important step towards economically viable sustainable forest management, according to a report released today by ITTO and the Precious Forests Foundation. More
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Developing the bamboo industry in Indonesia

No poverty Gender equality Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities and communities Responsible consumption and production Life on land
There has been a paradigm shift in forest management in Indonesia, in which timber is no longer the main output. Instead, the forest sector is focused increasingly on the production of non-timber forest products as a means to improve the economies of forest communities, regions and the nation. More