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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Latest editions

Issue 32 No. 2

Tropical forests: relief for a scorched Earth

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

Issue 32 No. 1

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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