Tropical Forest Update

How to win their trust

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Trust is a rare and precious resource, tough to win, easy to lose and difficult to give. It has a pretty low currency in these restive times, many of us not daring to trust our politicians, our generals, our accountants or even, sometimes, our neighbours. Can we trust our


  • Changing from within

    Photo: R. Guevara

    Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon can be empowered to pursue their own concepts of sustainable development

    By Mario Loayza Villegas

  • Enticing small operators out of the woodwork

    Photo: J. Kiuru

    Gaining the trust of entrepreneurs is one of the main challenges facing training institutes in the forest and woodworking sectors

    By Jorma Peltonen and Kari Leppanen

  • For services rendered

    Photo: Iwokrama International
    Centre for Rain Forest Conservation

    Tropical forests provide the planet with many valuable services. Are beneficiaries prepared to pay for them?

    By Sara Scherr, Andy White and Arvind Khare with contributions from Mira Inbar and Augusta Molnar

  • Exports turn a corner

    The immediate prospects for tropical timber exporters have brightened

    By Mike Adams

  • Joining up to stop desertification

    Photo: H. O. Ma

    The field-level implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification could be within reach

    By Hama Arba Diallo

  • Out on a limb

    Photo: CIB

    Space should be made for the genuine negotiation of forest management plans in Africa

    By Jean-Claude Nguinguiri

  • Fellowship report

    An ecological study of mangrove vegetation in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

    By Myint Aung, Kazue Fujiwara and Yukira Mochida

  • On the conference circuit

    Reports on an international conference on private sector experiences in SFM, an ITTO mahogany workshop, a workshop on decentralisation, federal systems in forestry and national forest programmes, and more

  • Courses

    Short training courses for professionals in forestry and related disciplines

  • Meetings

    A comprehensive listing of coming conferences relevant to sustainable tropical forest management

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