Tropical Forest Update

Climate changing for tropical forests

This issue of TFU is published as substantial levels of assistance start to flow to some tropical countries through various climate-related initiatives. This is indeed a welcome development for these countries. As ITTO and others have pointed out for many years, it was always unrealistic to expect one (usually under-valued) resource – timber - to fund the bulk of the costs tropical countries incur to sustainably manage tropical forests and maintain the myriad benefits they provide.


  • Great expectations

    Photo: C. Chavez

    Why there are so few forestry projects under the Clean Development Mechanism

    By Carmenza Robledo and Hwan Ok Ma

  • By ITTO Secretariat

  • UN-REDD ready for action

    Photo: E. Muller

    $35 million partnership aims to build strategies for the sustainable management of tropical forests

    By Peter Holmgren

  • Fellowship Report

    Photo: A. Dhakal

    Tree growth performance in private plantations in Nepal’s central Terai region

    By Arun Dhakal

  • Recently Funded Projects

    These projects were financed at the Forty-fourth session of the International
    Tropical Timber Council, which was held November 3-8, 2008.

  • Market Trends

    Volatile markets wreak havoc on timber trade in first three quarters of 2008

    By Lauren Flejzor

  • Out on a limb

    Ambassador Hans Brattskar explains Norway’s international climate and forest initiative

    By Hans Brattskar

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The ITTO Tropical Forest Update is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish.
The French and Spanish editions are usually posted about one month after the English.

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