Tropical Forest Update

Liberia's great thirst

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Photo: N. Sizer

Recovering from two recent civil wars, Liberia is in tatters. One of the world's poorest countries, its people live an average of less than 50 years. Its unemployment rate of 85% is reportedly the highest in the world. Even in Monrovia, the capital, basic services such as electricity, clean drinking water and health care are scarce or non-existent; people have a daily struggle to survive. If ever a country needed development (preferably of the sustainable variety), Liberia is it.

This edition of the TFU presents the findings of a recent ITTO diagnostic mission to Liberia. According to the mission, forests could play a big role in the country's recovery, providing employment and foreign exchange, both of which are essential if the country is to rebuild and move towards sustainable development.


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    Photo: G. Wetterberg

    Four recently evaluated ITTO projects show that creative approaches to conservation on international borders can benefit local people, biodiversity and cooperation between countries–but long-term commitment is needed

    By Marc J. Dourojeanni

  • C&I made easier

    ITTO publishes a new edition of its criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management

  • From paper to the forest

    Photo: R. Eba’a

    A six-year project designed to promote sustainable forest management in Africa through the use of criteria and indicators has taken some important first steps towards field implementation

    By Richard Eba'a Atyi and Steven Johnson

  • Brazil develops national C&I

    Photo: M. Schmid

    The development of criteria and indicators has advanced the cause of certification in the country

    By Marcelo Schmid and Steven Johnson

  • ITTO's new projects

    The projects summarised here were financed at the 38th session of the International Tropical Timber Council in June 2005

  • Made in Italy, grown in the tropics?

    The high-value Italian furniture industry uses only a modest amount of timber from the tropics. Producers have some work to do to increase their share

    By A. Baudin, M. Flinkman and H-O. Nordvall

  • Out on a limb

    Delegates meeting at the United Nations fail to agree on the future of the international arrangement on forests

    By Amha bin Buang

  • Fellowship report

    Increasing public awareness about Colombia's threatened magnolia species is a key to their survival

    By Cesar Velasquez-Rua and Marcela Serna-Gonzalez

  • On the conference circuit

    Reports on the Philippine Forestry Development Forum, the International Workshop on Promoting Permanent Sample Plots in Asia and the Pacific Region, and the ITTO/FAO International Conference on Tropical Plywood

  • Courses

    Short training courses for professionals in forestry and related disciplines

  • Meetings

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

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