Tropical Forest Update

African Promise

Africa has long languished at the bottom of most global league
tables of economic, social and environmental development.
The reasons for this are many and inter-related but include
poor governance, instability and civil strife, inadequate public health and
education, undiversified and poorly managed economies and a lack of public
and private investment in all kinds of infrastructure.


  • Promoting SFM in Africa

    Photo: M. Mbolo

    An ITTO project develops C&I and manuals for the management of African tropical forests

    By by Richard Eba’a Atyi and Hanna Nikinmaa

  • Getting Certfied in PNG

    Photo: Y. Bun

    An indigenous community attains FSC certification with ITTO assistance

    By By Yati Bun

  • Market Trends

    Mortgage meltdowns, monsoons and shipping costs impact tropical timber in last quarter of 2007 and early 2008

    By by Lauren Flejzor

  • Fellowship Report

    Two ITTO Fellowship recipients identify trends and developments in African forest management and governance

    By Donatien Nzala and Koffi Effanam Adadji

  • ITTO loses a cornerstone

    Elena Patricia (‘Patty’) Hanashiro
    26 April 1964 — 10 February 2008

    Elena Patricia (‘Patty’) Hanashiro
    passed away in Vancouver, Canada
    after a battle with breast cancer

  • Fellowship report

    How well do mangroves planted on ex-agricultural land in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta survive and grow?

    By Maung Maung Than, Yukira Mochida and Motohiko Kogo

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Latest editions

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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