Tropical Forest Update
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 urging more action to maximize the role of tropical forests in mitigating climate change and addressing other global challenges, as described in the latest issue of the TFU. The edition also features articles on recent developments in timber legality in China, Japan and Viet Nam.
At the 18th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests,
ITTO advocated for urgently needed significant investment to
enable sustainable forestry to deliver big economic, social and
An ITTO initiative has tested the use of blockchain technology
to trace logs and other wood products from the forest to the
mill and on to the final market.
An ITTO-backed study has explored how to identify high-risk
species in timber products exported from Viet Nam to Japan,
including those using timber originating in other countries.
China’s revised Forest Law is encouraging the country’s wood
industry to become more sustainable.
An ITTO Fellow pinpointed tree species with the potential to substitute for overexploited mainstays of the local timber industry.
A forecast future shortage of timber, especially wood for construction, could have its greatest impact in developing economies.
The ITTO Tropical Forest Update is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish.
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