ITTO – Annual Report 2014



Please download ITTO Annual Report 2014 : Here


Message from the ITTO Executive Director: Emmanuel Ze Meka



ITTO and its members made significant progress in 2014 in its policy work and field projects and in setting foundations for the future. The Organization has continued to expand: with the accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA) 2006 of the Central African Republic, Suriname and Viet Nam, the Organization’s membership has grown to 70, its largest ever.


In policy work, the International Tropical Timber Council adopted the Voluntary guidelines for the sustainable management of natural tropical forests, a state-of-the-art policy document encapsulating advances in collective knowledge on the legal, governance, institutional, ecological, social and economic issues facing tropical forests.


ITTO also convened—with our partners the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Costa Rica’s National Fund for Forest Finance—a landmark international forum on payments for the environmental services performed by tropical forests. One output of this forum was a policy brief, Rewarding the service providers, which sets out the rationale for payment schemes for environmental services and makes recommendations forscaling them up. ITTO also completed studies on the economic impact of government procurement policies on tropical timber markets and on the quantification of carbon benefits in ITTO projects, which undoubtedly will benefit forest managers in taking advantage of emerging opportunities in the timber and carbon markets.


ITTO-financed projects also made advances on the ground. Projects completed in 2014 have been influential in increasing forest cover in Togo and timber production in China, boosting livelihoods in Indonesia by better managing non-timber forest products, and, in Thailand, assisting families in tsunami-affected areas through the sustainable use of bamboo and improving the management of trees outside forests.


Completed projects and activities in the thematic programmes have assisted in rehabilitating degraded forest areas in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria and, in Indonesia, in reducing carbon emissions from deforestation by building the capacity of community forest enterprises.


In 2014, ITTO also worked to set solid foundations for the future, in particular by:


  • Establishing the Independent Market Monitoring system (IMM) for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and

Trade (FLEGT)-licensed timber entering the European Union (EU), which will help in monitoring and understanding market incentives for FLEGT-licensed timber


  • Developing the world’s first environmental product declarations for tropical timber—meranti plywood in

Malaysia and Indonesia, khaya lumber in Ghana and ipé decking in Brazil (the latter ultimately published in

2015)—as a way of increasing the competitiveness of tropical timber in environmentally sensitive markets


  • Renewing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and ITTO, thereby extending collaboration between the two institutions under the Joint ITTO–CBD Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity


  • Creating an online project search tool to further disseminate the knowledge gained in the implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) in the field


  • Commencing publication of the electronic newsletter, Tropical Forest News, which provides timely insights into ITTO’s work.



Please download ITTO Annual Report 2014: Here 


Go back


Forests play a key role in tackling climate change

This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.

Read more …

Cbd-Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework published by the Secretariat

The Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has been tasked with advancing preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It is expected that this process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020 in Kunming, China as a stepping stone towards achieving the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature".

Read more …

Ecozona-The Screaming Forest: An Ecocritical Assessment of Le Cri de la forêt

From a postcolonial ecocritical standpoint, this essay analyzes the play Le Cri de la forêt (2015) co-authored by Henri Djombo, a cabinet minister from Congo-Brazzaville, and Osée Colin Koagne, a stage director and environmental activist from Francophone Cameroon. Mindful of the rich biodiversity of the Congo Basin where the playwrights originate, the essay interrogates why the forest in the play is screaming and moves on to engage with related ecological questions such as the scapegoating of witchcraft and doubtful traditional beliefs amidst climate change.

Read more …

FERN: Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020 & Save the Date - February 2020 (Brussels)

In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal.  But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year...

Read more …

Overview and analyses of key national policies, strategies and action plans relevant to deforestation, child and forced labour, and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon

The overarching objective of this study is to identify laws and policies on deforestation, child labour, force labour and smallholder inclusion in Cameroon, and analyze how these policies support the private sector to align with the sustainable production of timber, palm oil, cocoa and rubber. This review clearly demonstrates that both government and private sector can achieve targets of curbing deforestation and ensuring effective respect of human rights along the supply chains of the selected commodities.

Read more …

Statement on the situation of wildlife in the Congo Basin (and in Cameroon in particular) - Resolving Conservation Conflicts in West/Central African Protected Areas

The statement is the outcome of a meeting of various CBFP partners at the Congo Basin Institute in Yaounde:  ...We are a group of scientists, including faculty members from respected universities in Cameroon and abroad, representatives of protected areas management units, law enforcement organisations (LAGA), rangers, and international organisations (TRAFFIC, WWF). In October 2019, we met in Yaoundé to assess the current status of conservation in the country and discuss ways forward to solve what we consider to be a conservation crisis...

Read more …

Final Communiqué of the Experts’ Meeting to Follow up on the N’Djamena Conference on The Sahel-Congo Basin Roadmap on the Operational Implementation of the N'Djamena Declaration Synthesis

The Kingdom of Belgium Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), in close collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, hosted from 16 to 17 December 2019 in Douala, Cameroon, the Experts’ Meeting for the follow up of the International conference on Security, Poaching, Transhumance Management and the Movements of Armed Groups between the Sahel and Equatorial Africa.

Read more …

CAFI and EU join forces for the future of Central African Forests

Brussels, 4 November:  As part of growing commitments from donors to Central African forests and people, matching growing concern about accelerating forest loss of Earth’s 2nd lung, the  European Commission signed a15 million euros (16 million dollars) funding agreement to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Trust Fund.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive