Global resource use could double by 2050, representing an opportunity for tropical timber producers, according to a study published by ITTO. It forecasts that tropical industrial roundwood production will increase substantially by mid-century but says the sector needs a boost if it is to maximize its contribution to carbon-neutral production.

ITTO released a revised edition of its pioneering criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable tropical forest management.

This report, two years in the making, provides a comprehensive assessment of progress being made towards SFM in each ITTO producer member country and the identifies the challenges remaining.

The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical production forests is not just a technical task for forest managers. It requires that biodiversity concerns be addressed in national level planning and policymaking, at the stage of allocating forests to conservation, production and conversion, and during management planning and field implementation.