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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Photo: In Way
Tropical forest degradation is contributing more to climate change than previously thought. On the other hand, sustainably produced wood is a renewable substitute for many carbon-intensive materials. Sustainably managed tropical forests, and their associated sustainable supply chains, therefore, can be a cornerstone of efforts to combat climate change and develop a more circular economy.

Through projects and policy development, ITTO is helping stakeholders take the following steps to make this a reality:
  • Protect high-conservation-value forests for their ecosystem services.
  • Restore degraded forest landscapes for productive uses.
  • Increase the capacity of tropical forests to adapt to climate change.
  • Improve fire management.
  • Manage and use existing productive forests to increase carbon sequestration and avoid deforestation and degradation.
  • Promote trade through legal and sustainable supply chains.

Related ITTO contributions for the selected Sustainable Development Goal(s)
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Improved tropical forest fire management essential for mitigating climate change

Climate action Life on land
Awareness-raising, early-warning systems and the involvement of local stakeholders are all necessary elements of tropical forest fire management and the fight against climate change, according to participants at an event co-hosted by ITTO at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More
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ITTO and IUFRO release learning modules to encourage forest landscape restoration

Quality education Sustainable cities and communities Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
ITTO and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) have released a free series of learning modules for high-school and university students to guide further understanding on forest landscape restoration (FLR). More
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Togolese women are becoming restoration leaders, with ITTO and Soka Gakkai support

No poverty Zero hunger Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
An ITTO project financed by Soka Gakkai* to support forest landscape restoration is changing the lives of women in two prefectures in Togo as they benefit from improved agroforestry practices, according to a report in Japan’s Seikyo newspaper. More
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More outreach needed for uptake of forest landscape restoration in South America—webinar

No poverty Good health and well-being Climate action Life on land
Outreach and strategies for income diversification and monitoring are crucial for fostering landscape restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to participants at a recent webinar co-hosted by ITTO and the Tropical Agricultural Centre for Research and Education (CATIE). More
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African forest experts endorse “new beginning” for SFM monitoring

Climate action Life on land
A workshop involving about 30 African forestry experts has validated a draft new version of the ITTO criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of African tropical forests, which, according to participants in a statement, marks a new beginning for the monitoring of sustainable forest management (SFM) in Africa. More
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Workshop explores key elements of successful forest landscape restoration in Asia-Pacific

No poverty Good health and well-being Climate action Life on land
Creating sustainable livelihood opportunities and obtaining the buy-in of local people through inclusive approaches are key for successful forest landscape restoration, according to participants at a virtual workshop for the Asia-Pacific region co-convened by ITTO and the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO). More
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Local livelihoods the key to forest landscape restoration in Central America and Mexico—webinar

No poverty Good health and well-being Climate action Life on land
Forest landscape restoration is a multifaceted endeavour that must improve local livelihoods to succeed, according to participants at webinar for Central America and Mexico co-hosted by ITTO and the Tropical Agricultural Centre for Research and Education (CATIE) in August 2021. More
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Webinar explores lessons on fire management in Indonesia

Climate action Life on land
Indonesia’s devastating forest fires in 1997/98 and 2015 burnt 9.7 million and 2.6 million hectares, respectively. Since then, however, the country has reduced fire occurrence, with fewer than 300 000 ha affected in 2020. A recent webinar held as part of an ITTO project explored Indonesia’s learnings—including the importance of involving communities in fire prevention. More
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ITTO launches project to improve fire management in Peru

Climate action Life on land
An ITTO project was officially launched recently with the aim of tackling the threat of wildfire in Peru through integrated fire management. More
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Doubling of world resource consumption by 2050 shows need for sustainable tropical timber—new report

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities and communities Climate action Life on land
Global resource use could double by 2050, representing an opportunity for tropical timber producers, according to a study published by ITTO. It forecasts that tropical industrial roundwood production will increase substantially by mid-century but says the sector needs a boost if it is to maximize its contribution to carbon-neutral production. More
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Forest education needs strengthening to meet global challenges—survey

Quality education Climate action Life on land
Forest education at all levels—from primary schools to universities—is insufficient in many countries, according to the results of a global survey led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), ITTO and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), with the support of other international and regional partners. More
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International Conference on Forest Education kicks off

Quality education Climate action Life on land
The International Conference on Forest Education held in June 2021 is a three-day event to shine a light on the important role forest education plays in maximizing the contributions of forests and trees to the Sustainable Development Goals and in overcoming the growing disconnection between people, nature and forests. More
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Members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, including ITTO, issued a joint statement, “Challenges and Opportunities in Turning the Tide on Deforestation” at the 16th Session of the UN Forum on Forests.

Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
Members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, comprised of fifteen international organizations working on forestry, issued a joint statement highlighting the need to halt the destruction of the world's forests at the 16th Session of the UN Forum on Forests. More
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Redesign incentives to encourage SFM, says new study

Decent work and economic growth Climate action Life on land
Governments could do much more to incentivize sustainable forest management (SFM) in the tropics, according to an ITTO report authored by CIRAD’s Alain Karsenty released today. The report, which examines existing regimes in eight tropical countries, finds that few existing incentives are linked to the quality of forest management and therefore do little to encourage it. More
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Promoting legal and sustainable supply chains

No poverty Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible consumption and production Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals
A supply chain comprises the organizations, activities and methods associated with all stages of the business processes involved in planning, sourcing, processing, manufacturing and delivering goods and services. A legal and sustainable supply chain is one that minimizes negative environmental and social impacts. More
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Forest restoration, sustainable charcoal and empowered women in Côte d’Ivoire

No poverty Zero hunger Gender equality Affordable and clean energy Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Responsible consumption and production Climate action Life on land
A small grant from ITTO in 2009 provided the stimulus for MALEBI, a women’s association in Côte d’Ivoire, to improve charcoal production using efficient, eco-friendly techniques, in the process increasing the standard of living in the local community and raising awareness of the importance of forest conservation. More