Holistic approach essential for tropical forestry, says ITTO


A holistic approach to sustainable forest management (SFM) in the tropics is needed to maximize the contribution of the tropical forest sector to global needs, according to Shemala Satkuru, ITTO Assistant Director of Operations. Ms Satkuru was speaking at the 18th Malaysian Forest Conference: Advancing Sustainable Forestry through Digitalization and Technology, held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on 31 July–2 August 2018.

The increasing global population will demand more timber, more forest products and more food, said Ms Satkuru. “A cross-sectoral approach between forestry and agriculture needs to be enhanced to enable concerted solutions on land-use management to meet current and future challenges.”