Tropical Forest Update

Maybe we should talk

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Photo: Martin Puddy/Getty Images

Foresters need to become better communicators; we need to talk more. This doesn't mean more international meetings (we probably need fewer of those), it means talking with communities so that we properly understand their concerns.

In this edition of the TFU we explore the emerging concept of forest landscape restoration (FLR). It's not just about techniques that work in a nursery or along a planting line; most importantly it is about the roles, rights and responsibilities of stakeholders and how these can be discerned and accommodated by restoration initiatives.


  • Restoring forest landscapes

    A partnership of international organisations, national governments and NGOs is promoting a landscape approach to forest restoration

  • Balancing restoration and development

    Photo: S. Chape

    FLR is a tool for ensuring that forest restoration complements development at the landscape scale

    By Stewart Maginnis and William Jackson

  • Adapting to change

    Adaptive management is one of the key elements of forest landscape restoration

    By Don Gilmour

  • Life after logging

    Photo: G. Frederiksson

    How to reconcile wildlife conservation and production forestry in Indonesian Borneo

    By Douglas Sheil and Erik Meijaard

  • Iwokrama's plan for SFM

    Photo: Fotonatura

    A sustainable forest management model has been devised in Guyana. Now it needs to be implemented

    By Olav Bakken Jensen

  • How to hurdle the barriers

    Photo: Samling Corp

    Tropical timber exporters must overcome an increasing array of technical barriers to trade

    By Russell Taylor, Ivan Tomaselli and Lew Wing Hing

  • Out on a limb

    Local people are well-placed to develop zonation plans in Indonesia's Lore Lindu National Park

    By Ir Helmi

  • Fellowship report

    Analysing the imperfections of the sawnwood market in Colombia's South Pacific region

    By Sandra Rodriguez

  • On the conference circuit

    Reports on the ITTO international workshop on phased approaches to certification, TFD's dialogue on practical actions to combat illegal logging, workshop on implementation of forest landscape restoration, and more

  • Letters, Noticeboard and Courses

    Response to the ITTO diagnostic mission report Achieving the ITTO Objective 2000 and sustainable forest management in Cambodia and authors' response, announcement of the Earthscan forestry library, and more

  • Meetings

    A comprehensive listing of coming conferences relevant to sustainable tropical forest management

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The ITTO Tropical Forest Update is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish.
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