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Current Issues in Tropical Forestry - updated Thursday, 09 December 2010 01:46:33 PM -0500

  Pact could be near to save tropical forests - Washington Post article dated 7 December 2010. Article in pdf or  text here: issues-articles\PactWP-dec2010\Pact could be near to save.pdf or issues-articles\PactWP-dec2010\Pact could be near to save.txt  
  REDD+ training materials.  Training Materials on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). The Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance; Conservation International; Rainforest Alliance; the Nature Conservancy; GTZ; and WWF have created online training materials to instill a basic level of understanding about REDD+ among stakeholders around the world. The training materials include a participant manual to provide a comprehensive overview, an instructor's manual with interactive lesson plans, and PowerPoint presentations that correspond to each lesson. Available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. <>.  
  •Worldwide, the question how to broaden and diversify the financial basis for the sustainable management of forests has emerged as a key theme in policymaking, research and implementation.

Tropenbos International (TBI), the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) and Indufor Oy are jointly preparing a special ETFRN Newsletter on Forest Financing. The objectives of this special Newsletter - coordinated by Indufor - is to give an overview of the major initiatives, developments, activities and lessons on forest financing, both at the international, regional, national and local levels.

The newsletter is scheduled for publication in July/August 2008.

The Newsletter may be an excellent opportunity to showcase your work and to contribute to the discussions on forest finance.

We are therefore kindly inviting colleagues and organizations involved in the theme to submit a short article (2-3 pages) on their work and experiences. The article could include, amongst others, a brief description of your activities, your vision on forest financing, lessons learned and recommendations.

If you are interested to contribute, please contact Mr. Jani Holopainen ( specifying your organization and the topic of your article. Upon reception of your e-mail we will provide further information, which includes a short instruction and general guidance on the process and any further information you may need.

posted 11 April 2008

  UNECE/FAO TEAM OF SPECIALISTS ON FOREST PRODUCTS MARKETS AND MARKETING developed a “Current Issues” Website hosted by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Current categories are: Biofuels, Supply Chains, Global Market Enhancement, Responsible Trade, and Certification & the Environment. Content is segmented by global region as well.

I wanted to notify you that the site has been updated and 150 new documents have been added bringing the total to over 450. To date, we have received just over 4,000 visits.

Content will continue to be updated annually. You are  invited to submit content to the site.

The website is:
  FAO: Planted Forests Code

A multi-stakeholder process to derive a Planted Forests Code has been underway since January 2005, to detail a framework of guiding principles and implementation considerations to balance the social, cultural, environmental and economic dimensions of planted forests development. The Planted Forests Code is available for stakeholder feedback on this Web site in English, French and Spanish. Any comments on the Planted Forests Code should be directed to FAO by e-mail to by 30 September 2006.

For more information, <

posted 6 July 2006
  ITTO: Tropical Forests Are Better Managed but Remain at Risk

The most comprehensive analysis of the status of tropical forest management that has been conducted has documented a significant increase in the "sustainable management" of tropical forests worldwide since 1998. But the report released by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) warns that some 95 percent of the forests remain unprotected - and progress will be fleeting unless the international community ensures that nations benefit economically from maintaining their tropical forests.
For more information,

posted 6 July 2006


YOUNG CONSERVATIONIST AWARD - The award aims to recognize and raise awareness of the outstanding contributions made to the management of protected areas, and leadership shown, by young conservationists. It also seeks to encourage young professionals and help them develop networks by inviting winners to join WCPA. Nominations/applications are invited for/from: young people working in conservation and actively managing protected areas. This includes all people working in protected areas, such as (but not limited to) rangers, interpreters, people working with local communities, policy makers, scientists, and, includes people working for government agencies, the private sector, non-government organizations, local communities, etc. Nominations/applications must be submitted for/by: young field practitioners (under the age of 35), for any outstanding contribution (single incident or sustained/ongoing commitment) towards protected area management (from a local to a global scale). The young professional’s work must show: 1. Extreme dedication to protected areas, 2. Capacity to deal with adversity, 3. Working over and above the normal call of duty. The Young Conservationist Award Review Panel will judge the degree to which the candidate demonstrates: Passion, dedication and commitment, Degree of innovation (thinking outside of the box), Self sacrifice (time, costs, physical, bravery, etc), Scale/extent/magnitude/impact of contribution (area and duration). Submissions: an updated CV (maximum two pages), letters from referees (maximum of three), a short submission (maximum of 450 words) on the nominee’s contribution, with special reference on how this contribution benefited/s and improved/s protected area management. Applications should be sent preferably via e-mail to: Sarah Gindre, Programme on Protected Areas, The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Rue Mauverney 28, Gland, CH-1196, Switzerland. Phone: + 41 (22) 999-0161. Fax: + 41 (22) 999 0025. E-mail: <>. Deadline for submissions: 2 June, 2006. More information: <>
posted 22 May 2006


•Lund, H. Gyde; Singh, Ashbindu. 2005. Reining in on Rainforest Destruction. the new renaissance 37 (Vol. XII No. 2).:14-28. <>

posted 25 April 2006

  •Anti-logging activist wins award
A Liberian who exposed illegal logging by former President Charles Taylor's
regime wins a top environment award.

posted 24 April 2006


Brazil hits reforestation record

posted 13 March 2006


Agroforestry Tree Products (AFTPs) Targeting Povery Reduction and Enhanced Livelihoods.


1er CONCURSO “Protejamos al manglar”. El objetivo de la presente convocatoria es difundir a nivel nacional lo que está pasando con los manglares a través de spots para televisión, spots para radio y animaciones para internet, denunciando el estado de los manglares del país y la necesidad de su protección. Mas...


Mycoforestry. Without fungi, there are no forests. Mycoforestry is the use of fungi to sustain forest communities. Mycoforestry can be used to...


Reduced Impact Logging in Tropical Forests FAO Working Paper Number 1. The Forestry Department of FAO recently published the Forest Harvesting and Engineering Working Paper...


Estrategia de Conservación y Aprovechamiento de Flora Andina. El Viceministerio de Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente a través de la Dirección General de Biodiversidad...


Request for Information from Members-- for an International Registry of Forest Nurseries


Effects of Hunting and Fragmentation Studied


Land Tenure Problems of Africa Reviewed


Ecological Research vis-à-vis Society Debated




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