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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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...

Issue 27 No 4

Building bridges for SFM

Transboundary conservation areas (TBCAs) can be defined as geographical areas that are ecologically connected a...

Issue 27 No 3

Keeping track of the forest

Forests are complex ecosystems, and they change over time. Contemporary sustainable forest management (SFM) ...

Issue 27 No 2

The buzz on green supply chains

There’s plenty of talk these days about “sustainable” or “green” supply cha...


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