Tropical Forest Update

Sustainable forest industries

A litany of sins has been laid at the doorstep of the tropical forest industry, too often deservedly so. From illegal logging to contributing to civil wars, from human rights violations to corrupting governments, it is easy to find reports casting significant blame for these and a myriad of other ills on the forest industry. However, like most generalizations, this one is at best only partly true.


  • Quantifying NTFPs

    Photo: IUCN

    An ITTO-sponsored project helps address the lack of information on non-timber forest products in Central Africa

    By Cléto Ndikumagenge and Precillia Tata Ngome

  • Converting mahogany

    Photo: J. Grogan

    Peru’s efforts to monitor trade and contribute to sustainability of an endangered timber species

    By Ivan Tomaselli and Sofia R. Hirakuri

  • Systems for SFM

    Photo: J. Carvalho

    An ITTO-sponsored project has supported a public-private partnership to promote the adoption of good forest management practices in the Brazilian Amazon.

    By João Olegário Pereira de Carvalho, José Natalino Macedo Silva, Benno Pokorny, César Sabogal and Johan Zweede

  • Getting more money for forests

    Photo: H. Castro
    (Conservation International)

    ITTO promotes responsible investment in tropical forests

    By Ramon Carrillo

  • Fellowship report

    The development of a bamboo utilization tool for Ghana

    By Stephen Lartey Tekpetey

  • Market Trends

    Global economic slowdown hits tropical timber prices

    By Lauren Flejzor

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

Issue 29 No. 1

Advancing forestry education in the Congo Basin

Mastering the forestry profession has never been a mere walk in the (forest) park, but meeting the needs of sustaina...

Issue 28 No.3/4

Fast-tracking sustainability

With many indicators of sustainability heading in the wrong direction globally, it’s easy to lose sight of t...

Issue 28 No.2

Balancing act

Sustainably managing forests, creating sustainable supply chains and ensuring that local resource owners and ma...

Issue 28 No.1

Embracing the equality of women and men

Women have always been part of forestry—as custodians of traditionalknowledge, as gatherers and user...


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