International Tropical Timber Organization, ITTO
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has 70 member countries. Its greatest achievements include the ITTO criteria and indicators for the sustainable management and use of tropical forests. ITTO has issued guidelines on, for example, the sustainable management of natural and planted tropical forests, the restoration of degraded forests and the conservation of biodiversity. ITTO’s own projects enable the results of its normative work to be tested and operationalised in member countries. ITTO has completed more than a thousand projects. All projects are presented on the ITTO website.
The objective of the 2006 International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA) is to support cooperation among the producers and consumers of tropical timber in order to promote and diversify the international trade in tropical timber, promote the sustainable management and use of tropical timber producing forests and balance economic and environmental considerations. The first ITTA entered into force in 1985.
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Further information: Ms Marjukka Mähönen, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 162 128 [email protected]