Tropical Forest Update

Keeping Track

Foresters and forest planners have always needed to know the location of timber resources, including for planning forest management and harvesting operations, for monitoring wood flows to mills and ports, and for marketing of forest products.


  • Electronic timber traceability

    Micha Torres An ITTO project has piloted a technique to verify the legal origin of Peruvian timber
  • Tracking Cameroon’s FLEGT timber

    by Kadiri Serge Bobo, Rodrigue Fapa Nanfack, Thérèse Moulende, Nadège Nzoyem Saha and Albert Bokkestijn
  • Private forest management in Indonesia

    by Don Gilmour, Baharuddin Ghazalli and Subarudi ITTO projects show clear land tenure and a culture of tree use are essential to success
  • Portable sawmills and SFM in the Amazon

    An ITTO project’s innovative financing mechanism had a major impact on the uptake of new technologies
  • SFM in the Iwokrama Forest

    by Ken Rodney Implementing a sustainable timber-harvesting regime in Guyana’s natural tropical rainforest
  • The tide turns for Panama’s mangroves

    by José A. Berdiales, Juliana Chavarria and Lourdes Lozano An ITTO project helps to conserve and reforest threatened mangroves on Panama’s Pacific coast
  • Market trends

    By Michael Adams Stark divergence of financial and real economy holds down tropical timber exports
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Issue 32 No. 2

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As global temperatures soar and unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires hit countries around the world, ITTO is urg...

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Many issues, one solution: tropical forests

The latest Tropical Forest Update reports on how, at key UN conferences in 2022, ITTO emphasized the crucial role of ...

Issue 31 No. 3/4

Sustainable tropical forestry: a pathway to a healthy planet

This issue of Tropical Forest Update reports on the 58th session of the International Tropical Timber Council, hel...

Issue 31 No. 2

Polishing tropical timber’s green credentials

Wood is part of the answer to global challenges. It stores carbon and is energy-efficient and aesthetically ple...


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