Forests at the top
2015 was an important year for forests worldwide, with the historic agreement on climate change struck in Paris in December putting forests at the top of the environmental agenda. For its part, ITTO continued to innovate in developing policies and tools for SFM in the tropics, and this edition of Tropical Forest News recaps some of these.
ITTO was involved in the development of two new websites in 2015, one aimed at expanding knowledge and information on lesser-used timber species and the other at increasing the availability of information on legal timber trade. The Organization released publications on, for example, timber markets, forest restoration, life-cycle assessments, training in timber processes, and ecotourism.
This edition of Tropical Forest News also reports on the new funds pledged for tropical forests at the most recent session of the International Tropical Timber Council, ITTO Fellowship awards, vacancies in ITTO and other forest-related organizations, and events forthcoming in 2016.
I wish you enjoyable reading.