The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is an informal voluntary arrangement among 15 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests. These agencies share their experiences and build on them to produce new benefits for their constituencies. They collaborate to streamline and align their work and to encourage sustainable forest management and forest conservation, improve local livelihoods, and ensure the sustainable production and trade of forest products.
ITTO has been a member of the CPF since its establishment in 2001. In addition to participating in joint initiatives, ITTO has formed close strategic partnerships with several CPF members, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IFURO) and the World Bank.
ITTO is an active member of the CPF initiative, “Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World” (SW4SW), which commenced in May 2018 led by FAO. SW4SW explores the interlinkages between forest management, landscapes, value chains, livelihoods, markets, investments and financing mechanisms and contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 8 (“Decent work and economic growth”), SDG 9 (“Industry, innovation and infrastructure”), SDG 12 (“Responsible consumption and production”), SDG 13 (“Climate action”) and SDG 15 (“Life on land”).