Tropical Forest Update

Biodiversity is life

The world’s ecosystems provide environmental services we simply cannot live without. As an integral part of nature, our fate is tightly linked with biological diversity, i.e. the huge variety of animals, plants and microorganisms that live in mountains, forests, oceans, wetlands and other ecosystems. We rely on this diversity of life to provide us with essentials such as water, food, fuel and medicine. Yet each day an estimated 150 species disappear, many due to human activities.

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  • Forests to the fore

    By Johannes Stahl
    and Tim Christophersen
    The convention on Biological Diversity and its forest agenda
  • Worth more standing?

    By Pavan Sukhdev The economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical forests
  • Sustaining the potential

    By Jeff Sayer and Agni Boedhihartono Applying the ITTO IUCN Guidelines for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Tropical Production Forests
  • Greening REDD+

    By Celia A. Harvey Tools and measures for ensuring REDD+ provides biodiversity benefits
  • Ending empty forests

    By Robert Nasi, Tim Christophersen and Caroline Belair
    Management and sustainable use of wildlife in tropical production forests
  • Unwelcome guests

    By William J. Jackson and Geoffrey W. Howard
    The threat of invasive species to tropical forests
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Issue 30 No. 1

Tough climb up for biodiversity

Biodiversity is under immense threat. According to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodivers...

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Looking for the positives

We bid farewell to 2020 with little regret—it has been an unusually difficult year for most, including in the ...

Issue 29 No. 3

From liability to asset

Interest in forest landscape restoration (FLR) has grown enormously in recent years, partly because it is an inclu...

Issue 29 No. 2

When communities and governments collaborate

For more than 30 years, ITTO has been bringing communities, governments and the private sector together. It has don...


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