Tropical Forest Update

Indicating progress

The founders of ITTO faced a challenge shortly after establishing the Organization in the 1980s. They had negotiated a far-reaching international accord to promote sustainable forest management (SFM) in the tropics, developed guidelines for SFM, and undertaken a ground-breaking study that determined tropical SFM was almost non-existent. But they had no way to measure the progress they hoped and expected would be made in the future towards the Organization’s overarching goal. This gave rise to discussions about the need for a way to measure such progress and ultimately led to the publication of ITTO’s Criteria for the sustainable management of natural tropical forests nearly 25 years ago. 

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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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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...

Issue 27 No 1

Putting the pieces together

Sustainable forestry has much to offer at all scales, from the household to the planetary. Certain non-renewab...

Issue 26 No 4

Know your timber

The sustainable conservation and use of forests—sustainable forest management, to put it another way&...

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Holding the ground on mangroves

Mangroves are among the Earth’s most productive ecosystems and they produce many goods and environment...

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