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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When micro businesses have macro impact

No poverty Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities and communities Responsible consumption and production
In many countries, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the largest collective source of employment, and they are vital for national economies. In Guatemala, it is a government priority to support MSMEs and, as part of this, an ITTO project known as the Forest MSME Management Project encouraged informal businesses to become part of the country’s formal economy. More